A Most Wanted Man (2014)

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Critic Consensus: 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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Cast

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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Critic Reviews for A Most Wanted Man

All Critics (191) | Top Critics (46)

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…
Slate
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…
indieWire
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 was shot in dark, lurid, vital Hamburg; Hoffman is the star; and I was completely held.

Sep 22, 2014 | Full Review…
New Yorker
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Given the deadly stakes, this should be gripping, but the film gets sucked into academic plot details, trudging through each rendezvous and stakeout.

Sep 9, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A Most Wanted Man

½

Hoffman delivers a fantastic and underactedly visceral performance in his last completed movie, a suspenseful espionage thriller that grabs us and keeps us always guessing all the way until it reaches a suffocatingly tense climax and surprises us with a spectacular ending.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

Although slow and understated, A Most Wanted Man creates suspense with a new threat in a worn out world of bureaucracy and burn out. Hoffman and McAdams are marvelous.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

Philip Seymour Hoffman's swan song is a slow-burning yet always intriguing topical spy thriller that contains a true gut-punch of an ending.

Christopher Heim
Christopher Heim

Super Reviewer

The filmmaking lets the source material down. This should-have-been absorbing story is bogged down by some poor casting and directing choices. McAdams is quite out of her league against the likes of Hoffman and Wright, but even Dafoe doesn't seem to know how to play his character well tonally. Hoffmann's commitment to his character is so intense that it dwarfs his fellow cast and only in scenes he shares with Wright and Nina Hoss does the film simmer. But the biggest issue with "A Most Wanted Man" is the personification of the titular character. He's such a sad sack, mopey presence that there's no real mystery or threat to his identity. We are meant to, at first, wonder about his honesty but the mystery is not there. Lots of potential but disappointing pay off.

Tony Gandía
Tony Gandía

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