• PG-13, 2 hr. 14 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:    Paul Greengrass
  • In Theaters:    Oct 11, 2013 Wide
  • On DVD:    Jan 21, 2014
  • Sony Pictures

Captain Phillips Reviews

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Clayton Davis
AwardsCircuit.com
July 6, 2014

Bring your defibrillator and a bottle of Xanex to make it through the picture as your heart will be beating outside of your chest.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
May 1, 2014

As in many films of this genre, fiction or fact, finesse gives way to firepower force, and though the real-life outcome is fixed in advance, the voyage is exhilarating.

Ray Pride
Newcity
April 22, 2014

About an hour in, though, much hell breaks loose. Greengrass' avid, excitable camera moves begin to match the action, to become the action.

David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org
February 21, 2014

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

Daily Record [UK]
February 7, 2014

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Russell Hainline
Movie Mezzanine
February 6, 2014

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

Full Review | Original Score: A
Jonathan Romney
Film Comment Magazine
February 6, 2014

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

Jonathan Kiefer
SF Weekly
February 4, 2014

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

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
January 31, 2014

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

Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
January 20, 2014

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
January 7, 2014

One of the ten best films of 2013.

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Bill Clark
FromTheBalcony
December 30, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: A
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
December 22, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Daniel Barnes
Sacramento News & Review
December 22, 2013

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
December 21, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: A-
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
December 21, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Geoffrey Macnab
Independent
December 21, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
December 17, 2013

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.

Wesley Morris
Grantland
Top Critic
December 10, 2013

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.

Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic
December 9, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: A-
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