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  • Summary: Based on a true story, a group of enslaved Africans aboard the slaveship La Amistad overtake the ship and attempt to return to their homeland. When the ship is seized, the captives are brought to the United States where an enthralling courtroom battle ensues that captures the attention of the entire nation while confronting the very foundation of the American justice system. (DreamWorks) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. Reviewed by: Christopher Hemblade
    100
    Spielberg has mounted a courtroom drama to rival the finest Grisham, with a coruscating civil rights debate resonating both within the film and into the present as the audience knows it.
  2. 88
    Sheer power, moral and otherwise. It possesses a massively majestic hero. [10 Dec 1997, p.D1]
  3. Reviewed by: Michael Sauter
    83
    Becomes a too-stately courtroom drama, with the Africans in the dock, the issue of slavery on trial at didactic length, and the top-billed Morgan Freeman as an abolitionist shunted to the sidelines with too little to do. [26 Jun 1998, p. 130]
  4. Cinque, the rebel leader, is played by former model Hounsou, a mountainous figure who speaks in a gutteral roar and seems to embody the rage and confusion of an entire exploited continent.
  5. Despite the Spielberg trademarks, a lavish attention to period detail and the occasional flash of visual potency, this is a picture you never get caught up in.
  6. Reviewed by: Tom Meek
    60
    Of the underutilized mega cast, Djmon Honsou shines the brightest. His portrayal of Cinque, the leader of the displaced band of African tribesmen, is devastatingly potent.
  7. 30
    A little like looking at pictures without a text to unify them… Prestige filmmaking bereft of inspiration -- sometimes even of the nuts and bolts of craft.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Nov 27, 2011
    5
    The pace within the film makes it boring in many parts. The pace made it feel slow as well. It has a few inspiring moments and some great performances which makes it mildly entertaining. Expand

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