Argo

Argo

Argo

Ben Affleck directs and stars in this Academy Award-winning thriller, the true story of a plan hatched by the CIA to rescue six U.S. diplomats from Iran in 1979. To do so, the Agency teams up with a Hollywood producer to fake a sci-fi movie production, using a location shoot as the pretext to get its people out.

When the U.S. Embassy in Iran is stormed by Islamic students and militants, six embassy staff escape in the confusion. The U.S. Government desperately seeks to get them out of the country before they are found and executed as spies - enter exfiltration specialist Antonio Mendez (Affleck). Mendez goes to Hollywood and works with a make-up artist (John Goodman) and producer (Alan Arkin) to fake the production of a sci-fi film, something that can explain Westerners moving in and out of the country. Then it's off to Tehran, for a rescue mission right under the noses of the new hardcore Islamic regime.

Best Picture, Film Editing and Adapted Screenplay at the 2013 Academy Awards. Best Picture (Drama) and Best Director at the Golden Globes 2013. Best Film and Best Director, BAFTA Awards 2013.
2012Rating: M, for language and some violent images120 minsUSA
DramaThrillerTrue Story & Biography
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

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.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Combining laughs and thrills with plenty of verve, Ben Affleck continues his smart directorial career with a stylish, gripping hostage drama.

4.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

No performances stand out, which is a shame given Affleck's track record with actors. Ultimately, it comes down to a chase to the airport, with a scary Revolutionary Guardsman at the gate.

3.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

In the end, this is a story about outwitting rather than killing the enemy, making it a homage to actual intelligence and an example of the same.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

There's a degree of puffery in the writing, however, that makes this drama untrustworthy.

3.0
0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Argo the real movie about the fake movie, is both spellbinding and surprisingly funny.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Affleck easily orchestrates this complex film with 120 speaking parts as it moves from inside-the-Beltway espionage thriller to inside Hollywood dark comedy to gripping international hostage drama, all without missing a step.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

The film makes a beautiful job of juggling laughs and real drama.

0

What can I say -

- except that I really enjoyed it! Great story - having been inspired by real events. Great acting (less is more) and directing by Ben Affleck.

5.0
0

Solid.

This is entertaining, and well worth a watch. I don't understand the Oscar or ALL the love its gotten though. The main storyline is riveting, shame about the shoehorned sentimentality at the end.

4.0
0

Highly Enjoyable

Really Enjoyed this film. I thought that it had an excellent discussion of the politics of the late 1970's and early 80's. Although the last sequence definitely feels very "Hollywoodifed" it still stands as one of the best films of the year (so far) and also Ben Affleck's best film to date. Although if I were to have one criticism it would be that the...

4.0
0

A thrill ride worth the ticket price.

Clever old Ben Affleck! A story worth telling about an event that was declassified by the U.S. Government in the 90's, and I imagine few of us knew about it. Some of the characters are believable others not so much but the final sequence is so stressful it makes for cinema magic. The soundtrack is schmaltzy (except when we are listening to the pop of the...

3.0
0

Yay a great movie without subtitles so my man can watch

Really enjoyed this, good representation of the times. I don't like American block busters and finally a good independent feeling movie without subtitles. So if you like alternative and your movie buddy can't cope with subtitles this is great.

0

A bloody good watch

About the right mix of action, suspense and personality, I reckon.

4.0
0

You know the ending.... but

Yes, we already know how this real-life drama ends, but its a great watch and it keeps you on the edge of your seat. Im not a fan of Ben, but he impressed me in this movie as both actor and director.

4.0
0

One of the year's best

Could anyone have predicted ten years ago the path that Ben Affleck has taken? To go from being the butt of countless 'Bennifer' jokes, prancing around Hollywood in terrycloth jumpsuits, to being one of the most interesting, well-composed film-makers working today? Audiences love a comeback story, and that's precisely what Affleck has given us, with three...

5.0
0

"Argo f-yourself"

When Ben Affleck directed 'Gone Baby Gone' he surprised me with a superb and subtly directed drama. When he followed it up with 'The Town' he delivered a so-so tale with some great action scenes. Now Affleck cements his status as a director who means business with 'Argo' - a film that (for me at least) easily equals Spielberg's scintillating 'Munich' for...

4.0
0

Heart-thumping

Affleck does and amazing job at setting the tone for this film. Never before have I felt generally terrified for characters in a movie, but the opening sequences in Argo left me with heart palpitations. Argo is a great film, and the fact that it is based on fact makes it even better. If it was all fiction there would have been a bit more excitement in terms...

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

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.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Combining laughs and thrills with plenty of verve, Ben Affleck continues his smart directorial career with a stylish, gripping hostage drama.

4.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

No performances stand out, which is a shame given Affleck's track record with actors. Ultimately, it comes down to a chase to the airport, with a scary Revolutionary Guardsman at the gate.

3.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

In the end, this is a story about outwitting rather than killing the enemy, making it a homage to actual intelligence and an example of the same.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

There's a degree of puffery in the writing, however, that makes this drama untrustworthy.

3.0
0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Argo the real movie about the fake movie, is both spellbinding and surprisingly funny.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Affleck easily orchestrates this complex film with 120 speaking parts as it moves from inside-the-Beltway espionage thriller to inside Hollywood dark comedy to gripping international hostage drama, all without missing a step.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

The film makes a beautiful job of juggling laughs and real drama.

0

What can I say -

- except that I really enjoyed it! Great story - having been inspired by real events. Great acting (less is more) and directing by Ben Affleck.

5.0
0

Solid.

This is entertaining, and well worth a watch. I don't understand the Oscar or ALL the love its gotten though. The main storyline is riveting, shame about the shoehorned sentimentality at the end.

4.0
0

Highly Enjoyable

Really Enjoyed this film. I thought that it had an excellent discussion of the politics of the late 1970's and early 80's. Although the last sequence definitely feels very "Hollywoodifed" it still stands as one of the best films of the year (so far) and also Ben Affleck's best film to date. Although if I were to have one criticism it would be that the...

4.0
0

A thrill ride worth the ticket price.

Clever old Ben Affleck! A story worth telling about an event that was declassified by the U.S. Government in the 90's, and I imagine few of us knew about it. Some of the characters are believable others not so much but the final sequence is so stressful it makes for cinema magic. The soundtrack is schmaltzy (except when we are listening to the pop of the...

3.0
0

Yay a great movie without subtitles so my man can watch

Really enjoyed this, good representation of the times. I don't like American block busters and finally a good independent feeling movie without subtitles. So if you like alternative and your movie buddy can't cope with subtitles this is great.

0

A bloody good watch

About the right mix of action, suspense and personality, I reckon.

4.0
0

You know the ending.... but

Yes, we already know how this real-life drama ends, but its a great watch and it keeps you on the edge of your seat. Im not a fan of Ben, but he impressed me in this movie as both actor and director.

4.0
0

One of the year's best

Could anyone have predicted ten years ago the path that Ben Affleck has taken? To go from being the butt of countless 'Bennifer' jokes, prancing around Hollywood in terrycloth jumpsuits, to being one of the most interesting, well-composed film-makers working today? Audiences love a comeback story, and that's precisely what Affleck has given us, with three...

5.0
0

"Argo f-yourself"

When Ben Affleck directed 'Gone Baby Gone' he surprised me with a superb and subtly directed drama. When he followed it up with 'The Town' he delivered a so-so tale with some great action scenes. Now Affleck cements his status as a director who means business with 'Argo' - a film that (for me at least) easily equals Spielberg's scintillating 'Munich' for...

4.0
0

Heart-thumping

Affleck does and amazing job at setting the tone for this film. Never before have I felt generally terrified for characters in a movie, but the opening sequences in Argo left me with heart palpitations. Argo is a great film, and the fact that it is based on fact makes it even better. If it was all fiction there would have been a bit more excitement in...

4.0
0