Captain Phillips Reviews

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Sean Burns
The Improper Bostonian
May 12, 2015
This film sticks in your gut.
Clayton Davis
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
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
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
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
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
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-
Top Critic
Wesley Morris
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.
Top Critic
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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-
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
December 9, 2013
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Matt Looker
November 20, 2013
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Matt Prigge
November 14, 2013
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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