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Captain Phillips Reviews

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R. Kurt Osenlund
Slant Magazine
September 29, 2013
It works too hard to keep matters on an even, we're-all-more-alike-than-different keel, which is just one part of its chief problem of forcefully conveying information and intent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
October 21, 2013
Something's missing: human interest.
Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook
October 8, 2015
But once the pirates are aboard the Maersk Alabama, any semblance of nuance is out the window and into the sea.
Michael Smith
Tulsa World
October 13, 2013
By the end of the film, we really don't much about the men on board, or the hijackers, or even Phillips himself. He's simply an ordinary guy in an extraordinary situation, but perhaps more ordinary than most.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
September 29, 2013
It's a Hollywood-style A Hijacking for dummies.
Bill Gibron
October 10, 2013
Captain Phillips is so insular, so locked in the littleness of its narrative, that it never achieves the kind of heartbreak epiphany of the filmmaker's other fact based effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Eric Melin
October 18, 2013
...too long and doesn't hold up the tension or danger long enough. Hanks lends his Phillips some emotional heft, but the typical heroics of the Hollywood thriller seem out of place in this style of presentation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
October 10, 2013
Greengrass floods the moviegoer's eye with enormous amounts of assimilable detail. Those gifts are on offer here too, but in a scenario lacking in suspense.
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
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
October 10, 2013
More cool thrills from the military-entertainment complex.
Harvey S. Karten
October 7, 2013
If you saw the Danish film "A Hijacking," you will be disappointed at the Hollywood treatment afforded to the actual memoir of Captain Phillips
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
October 8, 2013
Compare Hollywood's effort to Denmark's recent A Hijacking, rich with corporate guilt and off-board tensions, and the shortcomings are clear.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Geoffrey Macnab
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
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Andrew O'Hehir
October 1, 2013
As cinema it plays a lot like a knockoff of "Zero Dark Thirty," without the same ambition and scale and with dramatically lower stakes.
Cynthia Fuchs
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.
Tim Cogshell
Alt Film Guide
October 16, 2013
Mostly adapted from the Captain's memoir Captain Phillips is conversely taut and slack; culturally savvy and naive; politically astute and manipulative; emotionally sincere and embarrassingly overwrought.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5

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
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
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
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
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