Community Reactions – Ben Affleck’s ‘Argo’

argo posterWith Ben Affleck’s Argo opening up today, many of the readers will be flocking to the movie theaters to see if Affleck’s film holds water after spectacular reviews from festivals and critics alike.

Watching it this morning, I agree that it’s the best film of Affleck’s directing career and possibly the best of the year.  Tightly packaged, well-acted, expertly and creatively written by Chris Terrio.  Affleck could follow the footsteps of Mel Gibson in 1996.

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Written by Clayton Davis

Clayton Davis is the esteemed Editor and Owner of Born in Bronx, NY to a Puerto Rican mother and Black father, he’s been criticizing film and television for over a decade. Clayton is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association where he votes and attends the kick off to the awards season, the Critics Choice Awards. He also founded the Latino Entertainment Journalists Association, the first Latino-based critics’ organization in the United States. He’s also an active member of the African-American Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Online, International Press Academy, Black Reel Awards, and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. Clayton has been quoted and appeared in various outlets that include The New York Times,, Variety, Deadline, Los Angeles Times, FOX 5, Bloomberg Television, AOL, Huffington Post, Bloomberg Radio, The Wrap, Slash Film, and the Hollywood Reporter.


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Joey Magidson

Thrilled that everyone is getting to see it…

David B.

Going in a few hours. Absolutely cannot wait. After this, my most anticipated films will be Zero Dark Thirty, Les Miserables, Life of Pi and Silver Linings Playbook. I’m starting to fall in love with this year in cinema.


Hello, I’m not new here. I’ve been checking your website out since last year, but this is my first time to comment on something.^_^ I went to see Argo earlier today, and I thought it was a well directed movie, great performances from the ensemble cast and possible best supporting actor nomination for Arkin or Cranston. I want AFFLECK to get an acting nomination,but I think the academy will give him a nomination for Director instead. I love every second of it especially the last 30 minutes, andI was biting my nails for gods sake. Awesome score by Alexandre Desplat,… Read more »


(SPOILERS) I generally liked it, but I had a mixed reaction. The film falters most when it forces itself into comic and thriller molds. I was worried that the film would play up the “isn’t this SUCH a wacky, harebrained idea” angle, and in the first act, especially the Hollywood scenes, it kind of does. And the third act is guilty of too much overt button-pushing; the film shoot preventing Chambers and Lester from crossing the street, the airport bus that ALMOST didn’t start, the discovery of the hostages’ true identity at the PRECISE right time…it all felt pretty artificial,… Read more »

Steve Glansberg

I for one very much enjoyed Argo. The opening sequence involving the storming of the U.S. embassy was one of the best assembled sequences of the year, a real achievement. However, I do not think that Argo is clearly superior to Affleck’s other two directorial efforts. Objectively, it would be impossible to assert absolutely that any one is superior to the others, so close are they in quality in every regard. Affleck is an exceptional director, a point which can not be made enough. Subjectively, for myself, both Gone Baby Gone and The Town struck some deep cords that Argo… Read more »

Alex L

I enjoyed it and had a fun time with it, I just wish there was more drama in the relationship between Mendez and the six. I mean, the only moment was when Mendez told them his name. I just wish I cared more about them. Nonetheless, good old fashioned thriller. Well balanced, nicely paced, well done. There just could have been more.

The Town > Argo > Gone Baby Gone



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