Suspense Thriller - Despite the action movie ad campaign, this is a very slow, very
action-light, very dark drama/thriller with very little dialogue.
George Clooney is the only recognizable star. Sexual content and
violence make the film inappropriate for children.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good Anyone who understands what The American offers should come away pleased with the final product.
Roger EbertFull Review Excellent "The American" allows George Clooney to play a man as starkly defined as a samurai. His fatal flaw, as it must be for any samurai, is love. Other than that, the American is perfect: Sealed, impervious and expert, with a focus so narrow it is defined only by his skills and his master.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 108 moviegoers:
TEENS:The one teen loved it.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:Very bad reviews! One male rated it average but the other male and both females hated it.
ADULTS:WOW! A George Clooney movie receiving reviews this bad is a shock. However, movie critics and a small percentage of moviegoers rated it very high so this is a movie that appeals to some but not the average moviegoer. The male and female reviews are very similar. If your taste in movies runs close to that of professional movie critics then you will likely enjoy "The American" very much. Everyone else should proceed with caution.
As an assassin, Jack (played by Mr. Clooney) is constantly on the move and
always alone. After a job in Sweden ends more harshly than expected for this
American abroad, Jack retreats to the Italian countryside. He relishes being
away from death for a spell as he holes up in a small medieval town. While
there, Jack takes an assignment to construct a weapon for a mysterious contact,
Mathilde (Thekla Reuten).
Savoring the peaceful quietude he finds in the mountains of Abruzzo, Jack
accepts the friendship of local priest Father Benedetto (Paolo Bonacelli) and
pursues a torrid liaison with a beautiful woman, Clara (Violante Placido). Jack
and Clara's time together evolves into a romance, one seemingly free of danger.
But by stepping out of the shadows, Jack may be tempting fate.