• 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

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Clayton Davis
AwardsCircuit.com

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
Newcity

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
Cinemaphile.org

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
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
Examiner.com

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
FromTheBalcony

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
Wesley Morris
Grantland
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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
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies

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

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 4/5

December 9, 2013
Matt Looker
TheShiznit.co.uk

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

Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk | Original Score: 4/5

November 20, 2013
Stephen Carty
Flix Capacitor

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

Full Review Source: Flix Capacitor | Original Score: 3/5

November 19, 2013
Matt Prigge
Metro

In a way it seems like a parody of a [Paul] Greengrass film: His cameras shake and the music swells but the narrative is stuck in neutral for a good hour-plus. It's all herky-jerked up with nowhere to go.

Full Review Source: Metro | Original Score: 4/5

November 14, 2013
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