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Catch Me If You Can (2002)



Average Rating: 7.9/10
Reviews Counted: 194
Fresh: 186 | Rotten: 8

With help from a strong performance by Leonardo DiCaprio as real-life wunderkind con artist Frank Abagnale, Steven Spielberg crafts a film that's stylish, breezily entertaining, and surprisingly sweet.


Average Rating: 7.4/10
Critic Reviews: 45
Fresh: 41 | Rotten: 4

With help from a strong performance by Leonardo DiCaprio as real-life wunderkind con artist Frank Abagnale, Steven Spielberg crafts a film that's stylish, breezily entertaining, and surprisingly sweet.



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A gifted forger and confidence man attempts to stay one step ahead of the lawman determined to bring him to justice in this comedy-drama from Steven Spielberg, based on a true story. Frank W. Abagnale Jr. (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a 16-year-old high school student who finds himself emotionally cut adrift when his mother, Paula (Nathalie Baye), leaves his father, Frank Abagnale Sr. (Christopher Walken), after Frank Sr. falls into arrears with the Internal Revenue Service. One day at school, Frank


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All Critics (194) | Top Critics (45) | Fresh (186) | Rotten (8) | DVD (33)

This is the director's most likeable film in ages, even if it's insubstantial, overlong and, frankly, a touch redundant.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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DiCaprio has the breeze and aplomb to keep it all bouncing along.

January 16, 2003
The New Republic
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Breezily enjoyable but thin.

January 16, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Magazine
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A delicious cat-and-mouse game flecked with intriguing Oedipal undertones.

January 14, 2003
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A gently funny, sweetly adventurous film that makes you feel genuinely good, that is to say, entirely unconned by false sentiment or sharp, overmanipulative Hollywood practices.

January 13, 2003 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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Catch Me if You Can is one of those deceptively slight offerings that manages to reveal more about its maker than the intended masterpieces often do.

January 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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I don't think anyone would argue that 'Catch Me If You Can' is one of Spielberg's best films. However, it is good enough and passes a pleasant couple of hours.

November 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Excellent account of FBI's youngest Most Wanted.

December 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

A truly excellent, action packed, and funny crime caper...

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed | Comment (1)
Cinema Crazed

This amiably light-footed chase gets the job done.

February 1, 2009 Full Review Source:

The movie is a good time. It not only produces happiness, it is happy.

September 24, 2007 Full Review Source:

a future classic

April 11, 2006

The movie is -- intentionally or otherwise -- a remarkable parable about denying reality until reality catches up to you.

January 15, 2005
Looking Closer

Has Steven Spielberg lost it?

October 7, 2004 Full Review Source: | Comments (20)

...the film would've been vastly improved had it been trimmed down to 90 minutes.

August 21, 2004 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Comment (1)
Reel Film Reviews

The stylish, cartoon-like opening credits reminded me of the snazzy beginnings of the Peter Sellers-Pink Panther movies.

June 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

One of Spielberg's finest pieces of storytelling. Helps make up for A.I.

December 21, 2003
Cinema Sight

Steven Spielberg's new film is lighthearted and enjoyable, with just enough undercurrents of human frailty to keep the story interesting.

October 7, 2003 Full Review Source: EDGE Boston
EDGE Boston

It's Spielberg who pulls the con by leading us down a familiar path only to rup the rug out from under us.

July 16, 2003 Full Review
Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)

Spielberg. . .supersedes even himself with one of the most enjoyable and compelling films of his career.

June 11, 2003 Full Review Source:

In a holiday season characterized by heavy cinematic fare, Stephen Spielberg has concocted a frothy trifle.

May 20, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

Is this a light-hearted romp? Is this a psychological drama? Is it a thriller? Can it be all three? Not quite, Sort of. Uh Uh. And dear lord no.

April 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews
Killer Movie Reviews

What could have been a great film is merely a good one, by way of forsaking the gritty details for directorial sleight of hand.

March 18, 2003 Full Review Source:

Es casi una reconciliación con el mejor Spielberg...

March 11, 2003 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

Hanratty isn't a strictly factual character - he's called O'Reilly in the book, not his real name either - but the performance Hanks gives makes you wish he were. Abagnale isn't strictly factual either, but DiCaprio makes him an attractive counterfeit.

March 7, 2003 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
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Audience Reviews for Catch Me If You Can

Based on a true story, Frank (Leo) a 17 year old runs away from home when his parents get divorced. To survive he starts to forge cheques and takes on false identities as a pilot, doctor and lawyer. Frank is chased by the FBI Carl (Tom) all across America and Europe. Great cast including Leonardo DiCaprio, Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen and Amy Adams. Directed by Steven Spielberg.
July 11, 2013
T Tsang

Super Reviewer

Great story. Amazing that someone would be ballsy enough to actually try the various occupations Frank did.
February 14, 2013

Super Reviewer

Certainly one of Speilberg's most nuanced films, and, as a result, arguably more affecting and emotionally resonant than Saving Private Ryan or Schindler's List. The story is fascinating and both Speilberg and his cast do it full justice, delivering quick witted thrill with a sort of fragility behind it. Really great- my favourite Speilberg.
December 21, 2012
Louis Rogers

Super Reviewer

Hanks, DiCaprio and Walken are great in this Spielberg comedy/thriller.
July 22, 2012
Graham Jones

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    1. Frank Abagnale Jr.: Leave me alone.
    2. Carl Hanratty: I can't, It's my job.
    – Submitted by Siddharth K (15 months ago)
    1. Frank Abagnale Jr.: My name is Frank Abagnale. Not Abagnalee not Abagnaylee but Abagnale!
    – Submitted by Siddharth K (15 months ago)
    1. Frank Abagnale Jr.: Merry Christmas Carl!!
    – Submitted by Siddharth K (15 months ago)
    1. Carl Hanratty: You walk out of that door, they are going to kill you.
    – Submitted by Siddharth K (15 months ago)
    1. Carl Hanratty: You have no one else to call.
    – Submitted by Siddharth K (15 months ago)
    1. Carl Hanratty: Tell me Frank How did you cheat in the bar exam?
    2. Frank Abagnale Jr.: I didn't cheat, I studied for two weeks and I passed.
    – Submitted by Siddharth K (15 months ago)
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