The American Reviews
09.01.10 by REELZ
Besides the notable exception of Roger Ebert, who gives the movie 4 stars, George Clooney's The American is being tagged somewhat as an art-house bummer. The exception being, apparently, an often naked Violante Placido.
"It is so rare to see a film this carefully crafted, this patiently assembled like a weapon..."
— Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Despite its director's disinterest in letting people in, there is nevertheless something exciting about a movie this uncompromised, in which the big change from the book to the screen actually toughens up the story instead of watering it down."
— Mark Olsen, Village Voice
"...a draggy, rather morose art thriller."
— Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"...soft and nearly forgettable."
— Robert Koehler, Variety
"The acting is fine, as is the scenery. Taking place in Italian villages and the countryside, how could it not be? Placido keeps taking off her clothes as well, so the movie is not without its redeeming moments. But nothing really adds up, and the ending is downright absurd. You would like even the most austere, doctrinaire existential movie to earn its downbeat ending. This one fails utterly to do so."
— Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter