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Argo
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Argo

2012
Drama, Suspense/Thriller
2h 0m
As the Iranian revolution reaches a boiling point, a CIA 'exfiltration' specialist concocts a risky plan to free six Americans who have found shelter at the home of the Canadian ambassador. (imdb)
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56th
70
This film is just like Ben Affleck himself, it possesses a well put together vanilla exterior, says the right things, and does an adequate storytelling job but is still missing something. There's just not enough of a cerebral introspective look at the incident. Affleck successfully adapts straight forward character interaction and footage but gives us nothing new that a documentary wouldn't have done better. It is a well shot and acted piece with entertaining moments but light and too Hollywood.
Rated
79th
74
The movie was fake. The mission was real. Ben Afleck's worried scowl was fake. His mustache was real. Canada is fake. Celine Dion is real. Wondering how Hollywood (the "we don't have any ideas left, so let's do a remake of Red Dawn" Hollywood) hasn't picked up the rights for the real Argo yet. What I learned from this movie: Jimmy Carter was the best United States president since Cap'n Crunch.
Rated
94th
85
'Argo' is the most accomplished of Affleck's three great directorial efforts. An excellent example of perfectly tuned suspense (despite the well-known mechanics of viewer manipulation, remarkably effective). It's a masterpiece of balancing different tones: the deadly serious and the comic/satirical, with some doses of gallows humor overlapping the two. It also boasts a staggeringly great ensemble cast - in which Bryan Cranston is the standout. 'Argo' is my favorite film of 2012.
Rated
54th
70
A darkly comic first act and a nail-bitingly suspenseful third act makes this another respectable effort from Affleck. What keeps Argo from greatness is the decidedly mediocre middle segment and the lack of strong characters and thematic insight.
Rated
41st
76
ARGO would be a better film if it didn't try so hard to be a comedy or a thriller, and it does show when the film pushes for laughs and suspense; the first act is burdened with some lame humor and the third by some pretty hamfisted ticking-clock devices. But for all that, it manages to be fairly entertaining as a whole; Ben Affleck keeps the story engaging, and the acting is all-around solid--although the hostages are little more than ciphers, which weakens the stakes. No masterpiece, but solid.
Avg Percentile 56.17% from 7022 total ratings
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