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Argo reviewed

9 November 2012 4:54 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Ben Affleck's smart comedy about a bogus film shoot cooked up by the CIA to rescue Americans trapped in Tehran takes an unfortunate last turn

Ben Affleck's new movie as a director is an amazing real-life caper straight out of Ripley's Believe It or Not! It tells the true story of some imaginative derring-do on the part of a brilliant and unorthodox CIA agent called Tony Mendez. This is a watchable, enjoyable film, with some hilarious and nail-biting moments, but it sets its face disconcertingly against satire and mischief with a final lurch into schmaltzy, liberal-patriot piety. It is as if Aaron Sorkin, in his most solemn mood, had suddenly taken over screenwriting duties for the final 10 minutes.

The movie is, in effect, based on Mendez's own testimony; as with all spies' tales, we're entitled to our pinch of salt, but his story is just so incredible it »

- Peter Bradshaw

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