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


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Captain Phillips Reviews

Page 1 of 12
Clayton Davis

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 Source: AwardsCircuit.com | Original Score: 4/4

July 6, 2014
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

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.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

May 1, 2014
Ray Pride

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

Full Review Source: Newcity

April 22, 2014
David Keyes

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 Source: Cinemaphile.org | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 21, 2014

Daily Record [UK]

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

Full Review Source: Daily Record [UK] | Original Score: 3/5

February 7, 2014
Russell Hainline
Movie Mezzanine

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

Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine | Original Score: A

February 6, 2014
Jonathan Romney
Film Comment Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine

February 6, 2014
Jonathan Kiefer
SF Weekly

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

Full Review Source: SF Weekly

February 4, 2014
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

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

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

January 31, 2014
Jeff Beck

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 Source: Examiner.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

January 20, 2014
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest

One of the ten best films of 2013.

Full Review Source: Movie Dearest | Original Score: A-

January 7, 2014
Bill Clark

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

Full Review Source: FromTheBalcony | Original Score: A

December 30, 2013
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

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

Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 22, 2013
Daniel Barnes
Sacramento News & Review

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 Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 4/5

December 22, 2013
Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

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

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: A-

December 21, 2013
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]

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

Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK] | Original Score: 3/5

December 21, 2013
Geoffrey Macnab

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

Full Review Source: Independent | Original Score: 2/5

December 21, 2013
Cynthia Fuchs

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.

Full Review Source: PopMatters

December 17, 2013
Wesley Morris
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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.

Full Review Source: Grantland

December 10, 2013
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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We're in the steady hands of Paul Greengrass, a director fully aware that convincing crisis stories involve conflicting interests and passions.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: A-

December 9, 2013
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