• 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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R. Kurt Osenlund
Slant Magazine

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 Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 29, 2013
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray

Something's missing: human interest.

Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray

October 21, 2013
Michael Smith
Tulsa World

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 Source: Tulsa World | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 13, 2013
Nick Schager
Village Voice
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It's a Hollywood-style A Hijacking for dummies.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

September 29, 2013
Bill Gibron
PopMatters

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 Source: PopMatters | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 10, 2013
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com

...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 Source: Scene-Stealers.com | Original Score: 2/5

October 18, 2013
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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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.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

October 10, 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
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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More cool thrills from the military-entertainment complex.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

October 10, 2013
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve

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 Source: Compuserve | Original Score: C+

October 7, 2013
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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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 Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

October 8, 2013
Geoffrey Macnab
Independent

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
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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As cinema it plays a lot like a knockoff of "Zero Dark Thirty," without the same ambition and scale and with dramatically lower stakes.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

October 1, 2013
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters

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
Tim Cogshell
Alt Film Guide

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 Source: Alt Film Guide | Original Score: 2.5

October 16, 2013

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
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
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
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
Jack Pelling
Sky Movies

Captain Phillips is a visceral, scintillating piece of cinema from an extraordinary director on top of his game.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 5/5

October 16, 2013
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