The American

The American
The American
  • R
  • 1h 44m
  • 2010
Fresh65%
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Academy Award® winner George Clooney is The American in this sexy suspense thriller from director Anton Corbijn. After a job ends more violently than expected, Jack (Clooney) retreats to the Italian countryside and accepts one last assignment to construct a deadly weapon for a mysterious contact. But when he pursues a relationship with a beautiful local woman, he may be tempting fate by stepping out of the shadows. Jack soon finds himself in an escalating battle to escape from his secretive past, in the film critics are calling “4 Stars! Riveting and irresistible!” (Joe Neumaier, NY Daily News)

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

TOMATOMETER®
Fresh65%
Critics Consensus: As beautifully shot as it is emotionally restrained, The American is an unusually divisive spy thriller -- and one that rests on an unusually subdued performance from George Clooney.
Reviews
Guardian
Peter Bradshaw
Fresh

It purrs evenly, like the engine of a luxury automobile, with a cool, sleek satisfaction at how st...

June 22, 2017
Guardian
Philip French
Fresh

As with watching the equally compact, detached Cary Grant, it's a great pleasure just to see the s...

June 22, 2017
Time Out
Dave Calhoun
Fresh

At its best, the film's silence and unrevealing mood of observation remind you of 'The Passenger'...

June 22, 2017
London Evening Standard
Charlotte O'Sullivan
Rotten

One of the most annoying things about the film is its smugness.

March 1, 2019
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Taut, mature drama examines the life of a lone assassin.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this slow-paced, suspenseful drama focuses on an assassin for hire (played by George Clooney), but it's neither an action film nor a thriller. It has some intense gunfights, but the real "action" is watching the quiet life of a lonely mercenary who longs for human connection but is always looking over his shoulder in fear. A few scenes include smoking and drinking, and there's a good deal of nudity (including full-frontal female) and some explicit sex. Teens expecting a violent spy film might be disappointed (and even bored), but more mature viewers may appreciate this intimate look at a solitary life spent on the run.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Thriller
  • Release Date:September 1, 2010
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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