(2012)

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100
Boxoffice Magazine
If there was any doubt Ben Affleck has turned into an exceptional director, his wildly entertaining, pulse-pounding thriller Argo will handily erase those thoughts.
100
Argo is never less than wildly entertaining, but a major part of its power is that it so ominously captures the kickoff to the world we're in now.
91
Extraordinarily suspenseful, extremely well-told and effortless in its complex tonal balance.
90
Argo is a crackerjack political thriller told with intelligence, great period detail and a surprising amount of nutty humor for a serious look at the Iran hostage crisis of 1979-81.
83
Equally a slick political thriller, intelligent period piece and sly Hollywood satire, Ben Affleck's Argo maintains a careful balance between commentary and entertainment value.
80
Ultimately, the thrill of Argo is in watching how the illusion-making of movies found such an unlikely application on the world political stage, where the stakes were literally life and death.
80
A marvel of cunning, an irresistible blend of cool realism and Hollywood hokum.
70
Finally, a voice-over from Jimmy Carter, lauding the efforts of those involved. All this is, frankly, uncool - a pity, because the rest of Argo feels clever, taut, and restrained.
60
There's a degree of puffery in the writing, however, that makes this drama untrustworthy.
50
In terms of quality, though, Argo is just so-so.

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