Drama Thriller - This fact-based film about a mission to rescue American hostages in
Iran is part Hollywood satire, part period/historical drama, and part
suspense thriller, and balances all well, satisfying anyone looking
for any of those specific angles. Director Ben Affleck plays the
main character but he is generous to all the actors in his large
cast. Language, violence, and mature subject matter makes the film
too intense for kids.
PROFANITY: 21 F-words; 8 S-words; 5 GD's; a few others. SEX/NUDITY: A nude drawing. VIOLENCE: Fights; shootings; hangings. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco. ACTION: Fights; a car/plane chase. COMEDY: Some wisecracks and banter.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Very Good Argo contains many elements that may make it an Oscar contender. It's a compelling story that keeps viewers on the edges of their seats while delivering the goods.
Roger EbertFull Review Excellent The craft in this film is rare. It is so easy to manufacture a thriller from chases and gunfire, and so very hard to fine-tune it out of exquisite timing and a plot that's so clear to us we wonder why it isn't obvious to the Iranians.
Washington PostFull Review Very Good This captivating, expertly machined political thriller jumps through every hoop the naysayer can set up: It's serious and substantive, an ingeniously written and executed drama fashioned from a fascinating, little-known chapter of recent history.
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Based on a theater exit polling of 139 moviegoers:
GREAT REVIEWS! All ages, both males and females, loved "Argo." Heck, even the professional movie critics all agreed that "Argo" was a very good movie.
On November 4, 1979, as the Iranian revolution reaches its boiling point, militants storm the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, taking 52 Americans hostage. But, in the midst of the chaos, six Americans manage to slip away and find refuge in the home of Canadian Ambassador Ken Taylor. Knowing it is only a matter of time before the six are found out and likely killed, the Canadian and American governments ask the CIA to intervene. The CIA turns to their top "exfiltration" specialist, Tony Mendez, to come up with a plan to get the six Americans safely out of the country. A plan so incredible, it could only happen in the movies.