Cast Away Reviews

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Though Hanks comes across as blandly as ever, at least his solid performance shows he's up to carrying half a movie on his own, and Zemeckis' direction is at first as busily efficient as the protagonist.
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 26, 2002
Hanks's Everyman quality has never been more aptly utilized: He's the perfect stand-in for all of us who never made it to Eagle Scout.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 19, 2002
Cast Away isn't the first to recognize our modern need for primal tales, but it is among the most accomplished. It plugs straight into our unplugged fantasies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 4, 2001
Hanks conducts a master class in acting by showing a man losing his sense of himself in fractional gradations.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
February 7, 2001
| Original Score: B+
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Ebert & Roeper
February 7, 2001
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
December 22, 2000
The scenes of Hanks' complete isolation on the island, where barely a sound is heard for minutes at a time, are the best thing about Cast Away.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
December 22, 2000
Cast Away amounts to little more than an unprecedented showcase for its star.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Doug Kim
Seattle Times
December 22, 2000
Cast Away is, in many ways, a bold, adventurous bid for Oscardom. Unfortunately, what it delivers for audiences, as opposed to Oscar voters, is a little questionable.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
December 22, 2000
This second section is a masterpiece of filmmaking and a tour de force of acting.
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
December 22, 2000
Beautifully crafted.
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John Anderson
Newsday
December 22, 2000
Touching.
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
December 22, 2000
Hanks and his collaborators deserve all the praise and awards that surely will come their way.
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
December 22, 2000
Cast Away has a marshmallow middle that feels empty at the core.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
December 22, 2000
If you've seen the trailer or the commercials, you know the story, but that doesn't mean you've seen the movie.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
December 22, 2000
Tom Hanks is in nearly every frame of Cast Away -- for more than an hour of the film, he's literally the only human being on the screen -- and yet you never grow tired of watching him.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 22, 2000
While Cast Away works as a simple saga of survival, the film plays on deeper levels too.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
December 22, 2000
Zemeckis is a capable director, so despite the misguided concept, the movie is anything but inept.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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December 22, 2000
In terms of story and pacing, the whole of Cast Away is a lot less then the sum of its parts.
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USA Today
December 22, 2000
As a FedEx troubleshooter who survives a plane crash, Hanks performs a bravura solo spin.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
December 22, 2000
A brave film, and a surprisingly absorbing and finally affecting one, partly because it's about that least American of trinities -- silence, solitariness, and the spiritual deepening impossible to achieve without both.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
December 22, 2000
A blockbuster with the soul of an art film, Cast Away is an enormously gratifying surprise ending to a generally disappointing year at the movies.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
December 22, 2000
Cast Away is a sad movie of the sort that Hollywood almost never makes: not three-hankie sad, not 'go have yourself a good cry' sad, but the kind of thing that, if you let it in deep enough, can send a shudder to your very soul.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 22, 2000
Tom Hanks does a superb job of carrying Cast Away all by himself for about two-thirds of its running time, but isn't much helped by additional characters in the opening and closing sequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
December 22, 2000
At its best, Cast Away, like Titanic, awes us with its sheer oceanic sweep and its cosmic apprehension of human insignificance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
December 21, 2000
An exquisite film that gratifies our senses and our emotions.
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Sean Means
Film.com
December 21, 2000
Worth the trip.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
December 21, 2000
Director Robert Zemeckis and screenwriter William Broyles Jr. do a great job of keeping the cut-and-dried formula from, well, getting too cut and dried.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
December 21, 2000
Although Cast Away is very much Hanks's extreme everyman solo, his inanimate Man Friday deserves recognition as one of the year's best supporting actors.
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Lawrence Terenzi
Mr. Showbiz
December 21, 2000
Hanks turns in an Oscar-worthy performance yet again.
| Original Score: 84/100
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
December 21, 2000
A handsomely made, instructive but finally tedious blow-by-blow training film on island survival that it throws the entire venture out of balance, capsizing the enterprise and making it difficult to keep any kind of message afloat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
December 21, 2000
Cast Away is an adventure movie of extraordinary simplicity and power.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
December 21, 2000
A tour de force, a courageous and surprisingly un-self-indulgent exercise in pared-down acting that makes Hanks, yet again, a likely Oscar contender.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 18, 2000
Has all the hallmarks of a great motion picture: well-developed characters, solid drama, non-traditional adventure, and an intelligent script.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
December 8, 2000
Zemeckis does an excellent job of finding visual means to express Chuck's isolation and thought process.
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Emanuel Levy
Variety
December 8, 2000
Takes admirable risks while avoiding pitfalls.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
December 8, 2000
Zemeckis tells his story ... with a control magnificent in what isn't shown as much as in what is.
Full Review | Original Score: A-