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Captain Phillips (2013)

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93

Average Rating: 8.3/10
Reviews Counted: 235
Fresh: 219 | Rotten: 16

Smart, powerfully acted, and incredibly intense, Captain Phillips offers filmgoers a Hollywood biopic done right -- and offers Tom Hanks a showcase for yet another brilliant performance.

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Average Rating: 8.8/10
Critic Reviews: 47
Fresh: 42 | Rotten: 5

Smart, powerfully acted, and incredibly intense, Captain Phillips offers filmgoers a Hollywood biopic done right -- and offers Tom Hanks a showcase for yet another brilliant performance.

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Captain Phillips is a multi-layered examination of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates. It is - through director Paul Greengrass's distinctive lens - simultaneously a pulse-pounding thriller, and a complex portrait of the myriad effects of globalization. The film focuses on the relationship between the Alabama's commanding officer, Captain Richard Phillips (two time Academy Award (R)-winner Tom Hanks), and the Somali pirate captain, Muse

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Billy Ray

Jan 21, 2014

$107.1M

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All Critics (235) | Top Critics (47) | Fresh (219) | Rotten (16) | DVD (3)

We're in the steady hands of Paul Greengrass, a director fully aware that convincing crisis stories involve conflicting interests and passions.

December 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
Dallas Morning News
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The entire performance is one of the greatest in Hanks' prolific, varied career - a role that gives him a massive arc and the opportunity to show great range.

October 14, 2013 Full Review Source: ChristyLemire.com
ChristyLemire.com
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Whether or not you find it an inadvertent parable of the political moment (I do), Captain Phillips is a terrific film.

October 11, 2013 Full Review Source: The Atlantic
The Atlantic
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It's the work of Tom Hanks that makes this film unforgettable.

October 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com
Richard Roeper.com
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This is acting of the highest order in a movie that raises the bar on what a true-life action thriller can do.

October 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone
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It's some of the most powerful acting Hanks has ever done.

October 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor
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The script, adapted from the book written by the actual protagonist, is not romanticized or glossed over with overreaching sentiment, and Greengrass' direction matches it with a style that is consistently tenacious.

February 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinemaphile.org
Cinemaphile.org

After a gripping start in which Phillips tries to outrun the pirates, the excitement lessens once they clamber aboard.

February 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Daily Record [UK]
Daily Record [UK]

Storytelling in its purest form: it works as a no-fat thriller, yet it achieves nuanced character dimension and thematic complexity

February 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine
Movie Mezzanine

[W]e're carried along not just by the momentum of events, but by the precision with which they're depicted.

February 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

While the events depicted here do at times suggest a sort of Die Hard on the high seas, the tone is refreshingly anti-triumphalist.

February 4, 2014 Full Review Source: SF Weekly
SF Weekly

The final scenes alone, make "Captain Phillips" worthy of being called a masterpiece.

January 31, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

While I find it a little strange that it's been getting as much awards attention as it has, it's still worth taking a look at for Greengrass' intense direction and a story that will have your eyes glued to the screen. For most of it at least.

January 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

One of the ten best films of 2013.

January 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Dearest
Movie Dearest

It's a sweaty-palmed, relentless thriller - and a damned good one.

December 30, 2013 Full Review Source: FromTheBalcony

Not only a riveting drama about quiet heroism, but an eye-opening look at a clash of cultures.

December 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

Captain Phillips is indeed a gripping, grueling, agonizing, nail-biting, brutalizing, kick-punching motion picture, but beyond the technical thrills and vise-grip tension, it also offers a weary, hard-won empathy.

December 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Tom Hanks gives a fine, un-showy and sublimely focused performance.

December 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

It goes from exciting to exhausting mighty quickly and the final act.

December 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

The disappointing aspect to Captain Phillips is that it doesn't go beyond action movie conventions.

December 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

Captain Phillips repeatedly underlines the Navy's brilliance, and also the contest between Rich and Muse, their exchanged looks in a tight, hot space suggesting they might share a burden. But they can't.

December 17, 2013 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

Over and over in this movie we hear variations on the phrase "everything's going to be OK." It's just impossible to head out of the theater and back into the wider world believing that's actually true.

December 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Grantland
Grantland

What Hanks does is give Phillips a thoroughly human portrayal, convincing us how an ordinary man does extraordinary things in the face of death.

December 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

It spends as much time on true-to-life protocols as thrills and spills. And it's a film in which Tom Hanks sweats unattractively from his man-boobs. Talk about uncompromising

November 20, 2013 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
TheShiznit.co.uk

Familiar territory for Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips is far more successful in terms of authenticity and tension that it is characterisation or depth.

November 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Flix Capacitor
Flix Capacitor

Audience Reviews for Captain Phillips

Captain Phillips is a gripping and emotionally gut-wrenching biopic with an excellent central performance from Tom Hanks. The supporting cast is also fantastic, crafting memorable characters. The only problem I had is that the story is a little bit too long and drags at times trying to get you so invested into these characters and their fates. It starts off fantastic with some great suspense when the Somali pirates are attacking and hijacking the ship, but after those events I wasn't as into it until much later on. The final moments with Tom Hanks are absolutely powerful though and some of the best acting I have seen in a long time. This isn't a fantastic film, but rather a solid one with fantastic performances elevating the material. Paul Greengrass has shown he is a good director, but a little bit of the fat could have been trimmed here.
February 10, 2014
jlewis07

Super Reviewer

Has its moments, but it's not a movie I'll need to see more than once. The intensity ramps up quickly and keeps things interesting, but it drags at the end as they rely on pretty much the same plot points over and over.
February 5, 2014
flutieman07

Super Reviewer

It's surprising that such a big ship company doesn't care enough for security, all the more when it's route involves piracy zone. Besides, it was funny to see Hanks igniting and shooting the flairs in the direction of the skiff, only to miss every shot. And why didn't he care to shoot one right when they were below the boat preparing to climb through ladder. Anyways, it was entertaining. Just that I was expecting an action thriller biopic, but instead got to view a comedy-of-errors sort of movie. Tom Hanks performs eerily and the character Muse is a bit funny. The hide and seek in the boat also adds to the entertainment.
January 28, 2014
imrealgod

Super Reviewer

Paul Greengrass once again compiles a successful biopic in Captain Philips. The film is riveting and fervent. Its compelling direction and performance from Tom Hanks adds on to make this a dramatic and overwhelming picture. 4.5/5
January 25, 2014
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

    1. Muse: Did you shoot my friends?
    2. USS Bainbridge VBSS Officer: Captain Phillips is safe and your friends are dead.
    – Submitted by Jack P (2 months ago)
    1. Muse: Maybe in America, Irish. Maybe in America.
    – Submitted by Carlos Manuel R (4 months ago)
    1. Muse: Everything going to be okay.
    – Submitted by Thiru????i K (5 months ago)
    1. Muse: I come too far, Irish. I'll not give up.
    – Submitted by Thiru????i K (5 months ago)
    1. Muse: I love America.
    – Submitted by Elena S (5 months ago)
    1. Muse: I'm skinny, but I'm not a coward.
    – Submitted by Melody B (5 months ago)
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