Catch Me If You Can Reviews

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
This is the director's most likeable film in ages, even if it's insubstantial, overlong and, frankly, a touch redundant.
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
January 16, 2003
DiCaprio has the breeze and aplomb to keep it all bouncing along.
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 16, 2003
Breezily enjoyable but thin.
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David Ansen
Newsweek
January 14, 2003
A delicious cat-and-mouse game flecked with intriguing Oedipal undertones.
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
January 13, 2003
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.
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Ben Schwartz
Chicago Reader
January 10, 2003
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
January 9, 2003
What begins brightly gets bogged down over 140 minutes.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 3, 2003
A pleasant, mildly diverting story.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
December 30, 2002
Spielberg perfectly re-creates the fashions, the mood and the trends of the '60s, and DiCaprio and Hanks have a lot of fun with their roles.
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December 27, 2002
After a series of dud roles, DiCaprio is back in star form.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
December 27, 2002
One of the most enjoyable films of the year.
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
December 27, 2002
It's more amusing than hilarious, more cute than inspired, but there's just too much talent on and off the screen for it to fail.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
December 26, 2002
Spielberg's breeziest work in years.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
December 25, 2002
Offers mild fun but never as much as its animated '60s-retro opening credits portend.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
December 25, 2002
[Spielberg's] frothiest and most fun movie in years.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
December 25, 2002
Ultimately about fathers and sons -- but it's also about the pleasures of telling a good story, with retro charm to spare.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
December 25, 2002
The colorful cinematography, smart performances and brisk tempo suggest a filmmaker subordinating every other impulse to the task of manufacturing pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 25, 2002
Fleet-footed and fun, if a mite too long.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
December 25, 2002
Spielberg knows that he has a great yarn here, and he's not about to let anything -- not even his own virtuoso style, which can elsewhere be effectively glitzy -- get in the way.
| Original Score: 4/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
December 25, 2002
A very adult, very funny, very well-acted daydream that should delight just about anyone who's ever been asked for picture ID.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
December 25, 2002
This breezy caper movie becomes a soulful, incisive meditation on the way we were, and the way we are.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
December 25, 2002
DiCaprio gives a radiant, movie-star performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 25, 2002
The story is a good story, directly told, and such meaning as it has comes from the irony that the only person who completely appreciates Abagnale's accomplishments is the man trying to arrest him.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
December 25, 2002
The most charming of Mr. Spielberg's mature films, because is it so relaxed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
December 25, 2002
Precisely what a mainstream movie should be: fleet, savvy and, like a good con, executed as if it were the easiest thing in the world.
| Original Score: A-
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
December 25, 2002
Sporting a stingy-brimmed hat and erratic Boston accent, Hanks gives a ludicrous performance.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
December 25, 2002
You won't find a movie that's more fun this season -- but at 2-1/2 hours, it's probably too much of a good thing.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
December 25, 2002
The movie feels like the work of a filmmaker who has earned himself a break. Because it's Spielberg, the audience gets to share in the party.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
December 25, 2002
For all his genre-hopping and shape-shifting Spielberg seems to have become too big to tell small stories, which is one reason why the film sputters on one too many false endings.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
December 24, 2002
A nice, light treat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
December 24, 2002
Affirms the gifts of all involved, starting with Spielberg and going right through the ranks of the players -- on-camera and off -- that he brings together.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
December 24, 2002
Mindful in many ways of Spielberg's very first feature, the good-natured fugitives-on-the run drama The Sugarland Express.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
December 24, 2002
This is one of the most consistent and perfectly balanced films of Spielberg's career.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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December 24, 2002
Wildly entertaining from start to finish.
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
December 24, 2002
Mr. Spielberg and his company just want you to enjoy yourselves without feeling conned. And they succeed merrily at their noble endeavor.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
December 24, 2002
It's a technically superb film, shining with all the usual Spielberg flair, expertly utilizing the talents of his top-notch creative team.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
December 24, 2002
If this fact-based tale of a wunderkind swindler suffers from the director's gigantism, it's still lighter on its feet than anything he's made since Jurassic Park.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 24, 2002
Never takes itself or its subjects too seriously, and contains more genuinely funny material than about 90% of the so-called 'comedies' found in multiplexes these days.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
December 23, 2002
Though Catch Me If You Can isn't badly made, the fun slowly leaks out of the movie.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
December 20, 2002
DiCaprio, though 27 when the film was shot, has just the right touch of baby-cheeked deadpan innocence to make you believe in the schemes of this eager boy grifter.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
December 19, 2002
A meticulously directed, deliciously acted, humorously written work of skill, energy and imagination.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
December 19, 2002
That rarity of rarities, a mainstream American feel-good movie with both charm and intelligence.
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John Powers
L.A. Weekly
December 19, 2002
Bursts with the old-fashioned Hollywood panache.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
December 16, 2002
DiCaprio's winning performance goes a long way toward encouraging the viewer the forgive the film its indulgences and missteps.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
December 16, 2002
This is a lighter movie than [Spielberg] has made in a long while, and you sense his relief that nothing much is at stake.