A Most Wanted Man

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Smart, subtle, and steadily absorbing, A Most Wanted Man proves once again that John le Carre books make for sharp, thoughtful thrillers.



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When a half-Chechen, half-Russian, brutally tortured immigrant turns up in Hamburg's Islamic community, laying claim to his father's ill-gotten fortune, both German and US security agencies take a close interest: as the clock ticks down and the stakes rise, the race is on to establish this most wanted man's true identity - oppressed victim or destruction-bent extremist? (c) Roadside Attractions

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Philip Seymour Hoffman
as Gunter Bachmann
Rachel McAdams
as Annabel Richter
Willem Dafoe
as Tommy Brue
Grigoriy Dobrygin
as Issa Karpov
Robin Wright
as Martha Sullivan
Nina Hoss
as Irna Frey
Daniel Brühl
as Maximilian
Rainer Bock
as Dieter Mohr
Tamer Yigit
as Melik Oktay
Derya Alabora
as Leyla Oktay
Herbert Grönemeyer
as Michael Axelrod
Max Volkert Martens
as Otto Burgdorf
Bernhard Schutz
as Otto Keller
Martin Wuttke
as The Admiral
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All Critics (193) | Top Critics (51)

  • Hoffman's an actor who could do just about anything, but being authentically German is not one of them.

    Jan 5, 2015 | Full Review…
  • One of the countless sad things about losing Hoffman is the realization that we'll never get to watch him single-handedly elevate an otherwise OK movie again.

    Jan 5, 2015 | Full Review…

    Dana Stevens

    Top Critic
  • "A Most Wanted Man" allows Hoffman to go out with not only one of his best performances, but one that epitomizes his strengths.

    Jan 5, 2015 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

    Eric Kohn

    Top Critic
  • This is the sharpest, most reasonable tale of espionage and intrigue since John Boorman's Tailor of Panama.

    Jan 5, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It is a commanding performance from Hoffman, and an overwhelmingly satisfying note for this actor to end on.

    Jan 5, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • It was shot in dark, lurid, vital Hamburg; Hoffman is the star; and I was completely held.

    Sep 22, 2014 | Full Review…

    David Denby

    New Yorker
    Top Critic

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