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3.2
3,772 Ratings

Argo

Directed by Ben Affleck
United States, 2012
Drama

Synopsis

Based on true events, the film chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis at the height of the Iranian revolution — the truth of which was unknown by the public for decades.

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Argo Directed by Ben Affleck

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2013 | 3 wins including: Best Motion Picture of the Year

2013 | 4 nominations including: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

New York Film Critics

2012 | 2 wins including: Best Ensemble

What are people saying?

  • Zac Weber's rating of the film Argo

    Cookie-cutter Hollywood film with a familiar message - America is awesome. I suppose there are enjoyable cinematic moments in the movie and occasional bits of unexpected humor, but I merely shrug my shoulders after viewing it. Argo bends far closer to fiction than anything representing reality.

  • mjgildea's rating of the film Argo

    Piss & moan about Ben Affleck to your heart's content, but he made a very solid movie with Argo. Great cast (including Affleck himself), great direction and cinematography. The opening and closing scenes built some great tension and suspense, which saved it from being a dull historical docudrama. I'm kind of wishing I saw it in theaters.

  • J. O.'s rating of the film Argo

    This did not live up to the hype, honestly. There were some chillingly tense moments (that opening scene was incredibly well done), but Ben Affleck's hero character was underdeveloped and underacted (and poorly self-cast). Some of the other actors were hammy and unrealistic next to the seriousness of the situation. All in all, mildly predictable and strangely quiet about Canada's true involvement in the whole caper.

  • chanandre's rating of the film Argo

    this made me cry from sheer emotion. wasn't this thrilled on a film since 'el secreto de sus ojos' amazing movie. period. script. score. story. actors. the works. clap clap clap. oscar oscar oscar. truly breathtaking when the plane actually lifts off i felt such relief i actually cried like a baby...it's so intense so well done...congrats benjamin ;)

  • Zachary W's rating of the film Argo

    Politically astute compared with most Hollywood thrillers, politically naive compared with most first-year sociology classes. Ah well, at least it gave Alan Arkin an opportunity to prove he still has one of the best comic deliveries around.

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Argo

    Argo sets up an intriguing tension between Hollywood fantasy and complicated political reality, except as the movie went on, I got the feeling that I was thinking about all that a lot more than Ben Affleck did. In short, it's a just-for-fun movie pretending to be important—I much prefer it the other way around.

  • Harry Rossi's rating of the film Argo

    An excellent thriller. Had me on the edge of my seat but the comedic moments with Goodman and Arkin were very well placed. This is my first Affleck film but I must admit that it is incredibly impressive and definitely has me interested in seeing more. Loved it. If I had one complaint it would be the score was a bit too overdramatic at times but overall a solid effort. I highly recommend this film.

  • Mark Garrett's rating of the film Argo

    Flat. Affleck directs how he thinks a director should be directing. Unlike GONE BABY GONE, there's no freedom here, just sticking to old staples like quasi-witty one-liners, vague characterization, types, and a half-understood plot.