Blu-ray Disc Features:
- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 45 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: December 28, 2010
- Originally Released: 2010
- Label: Focus Features
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: Deleted scenes
- Journey to redemptio: The making of The American
- Feature commentary with director Anton Corbijn
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English, French, Spanish
- DTS - English, French, Spanish
- DTS HD Master Audio - English, French, Spanish
- Subtitles - French, Spanish
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Chicago Sun-Times - 08/31/2010
4 stars out of 4 -- "Every performance is tightly controlled. Clooney is in complete command of his effect."
A.V. Club - 09/01/2010
"[A] slow-burning thriller....THE AMERICAN's muted pleasures rest heavily on the sustained air of mystery around Clooney, and Corbijn, a pristine stylist, keeps the atmosphere nice and thick." -- Grade: B
Los Angeles Times - 09/01/2010
"[I]t's a very different, more removed Clooney than audiences are used to seeing....It's a much more interior performance than usual, a dark, withdrawn role that completely avoids the actors' usual high-wattage smile..."
Wall Street Journal - 09/03/2010
"[An] elegantly crafted existential thriller....[Clooney] keeps you attentive, and the drama's seriousness finally earns your respect."
Rolling Stone - 09/02/2010
"Dutch director Anton Corbijn, working from a script by Rowan Joffe, holds his film to a steady, often glacial pace....A film of startling austerity."
USA Today - 09/01/2010
3 stars out of 4 -- "The film has a contemplative allure, unfolding at a deliberate pace....Clooney plays the enigmatic title character with mature confidence."
Movieline - 08/31/2010
"[A] contemplative thriller....Watching Clooney wander toward his character's lost self is one of the great pleasures of the movie."
Total Film - 10/22/2010
3 stars out of 5 -- "[A] stylish throwback to the existential crime thrillers of the '70s."
Uncut - 12/01/2010
5 stars out of 5 -- "[Corbijn] takes the thriller genre and -- far from proving a safe pair of hands -- elevates it to the level of poetry."
Sight and Sound - 12/01/2010
"[A]dmirable for its defiance and acidity....It's mature, fastidiously logical with exposition, and patient..."
Empire - 11/24/2010
3 stars out of 5 -- "Corbijn enjoys silence and master shots -- the slow-build over the whizz-bang. There are some terrific scenes..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 12/16/2010
Included in Roger Ebert's "The Best Films of 2010" -- "The film sees dispassionately, guards its secrets, and ends like a clockwork mechanism arriving at its final, clarifying tick."
Film Comment - 01/01/2011
"Much of the film's expressive currency is committed to procedural patience, in the tradition of Jean-Pierre Melville's stoic studies of underworld industry."