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At Theaters: 9/1/2010 On Video: 12/28/2010
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 45 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 559956
Studio: Focus Features
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Jack, an assassin, retreats to the Italian countryside after a job in Sweden ends badly.
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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.
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Cast and Crew Heading
George Clooney UP IN THE AIR, FANTASTIC MR. FOX
Violante Placido Che ne sara di noi
Thekla Reuten IN BRUGES
Director: Anton Corbijn CONTROL
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Production Notes Heading
About The Production
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 2 F-words, one other.
SEX/NUDITY: Sex with related nudity.
VIOLENCE: Bloody shootings.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco.
ACTION: A chase.
COMEDY: None
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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Good Anyone who understands what The American offers should come away pleased with the final product.

Roger Ebert Full 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.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 108 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
1
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
2
Low
50%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
2
Very Low
0%
30+Adults (M)
41
Low
41%
30+Adults (F)
62
Low
40%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

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.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE
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.

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