American, The

Lists: Focus Features, Thriller

Brief Synopsis: "Alone among assassins, Jack is a master craftsman. When a job in Sweden ends more harshly than expected for this American abroad, he vows to his contact Larry that his next assignment will be his last. Jack reports to the Italian countryside, where he holes up in a small town and relishes being away from death for a spell. The assignment, as specified by a Belgian woman, Mathilde, is in the offing as a weapon is constructed. Surprising himself, Jack seeks out the friendship of local priest Father Benedetto and pursues romance with local woman Clara. But by stepping out of the shadows, Jack may be tempting fate."

Overall Ranking: 1991 (Rank from 2010: # 73)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 16.67%
Regular 50%
Half-Popped 16.67%
Stale 0%
Burnt 16.67%


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Reviewer Rating Review Secondary Ratings
David Baruffi88
Rob from GuysFilmQuest80Comedy: 1
Sex Appeal: 5
Scary: 1
Rewatch: 5
Duke And The Movies70(full review)
3Guys Adam70(full review)
Dan O'Neill55 - The American features some beautiful sights, a slow but tense pace, and a different but good performance from George Clooney, but has too many scenes where they didnít feel needed and a bit disjointed, which doesnít do much for the whole character study aspect of this script.
(full review)
Comedy: 1
Sex Appeal: 5
Scary: 1
Rewatch: 5
Lisa Marie Bowman20 - I am sure some will embrace this film but for me, I will pass.
(full review)

People Involved

  • George Clooney (Jack)
  • Thekla Reuten (Mathilde)
  • Violante Placido (Clara)
  • Paolo Bonacelli (Father Benedetto)
  • Johan Leysen (Pavel)
  • Irina Bj√∂rklund (Ingrid)
  • Filippo Timi (Fabio)
  • Anton Corbijn (Director)