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Beirut tells a complex, tightly plotted tale of international intrigue, further elevated by strong central performances from Jon Hamm and Rosamund Pike.



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Caught in the crossfires of civil war, CIA operatives (Rosamund Pike, Dean Norris) must send a former U.S. diplomat (Jon Hamm) to negotiate for the life of a friend he left behind.

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Jon Hamm
as Mason Skiles
Rosamund Pike
as Sandy Crowder
Dean Norris
as Donald Gaines
Shea Whigham
as Gary Ruzak

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Critic Reviews for Beirut

All Critics (124) | Top Critics (32)

  • Tony Gilroy's script is intricate and intelligent, with an appropriately cynical view of US foreign relations. And Hamm makes hay with his best role since Mad Men.

    Aug 20, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • At times it feels like a slightly less expensive Munich, or Homeland in artificial fabrics. Yet the performances are uniformly gritty and the script by Tony Gilroy does a nice job of balancing geopolitical nous with brisk storytelling.

    Aug 10, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Ed Potton

    Times (UK)
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  • Despite possessing unusually detailed context for a thriller, it's a bit like diplomatic efforts in the region: the same old story.

    Aug 8, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Phil Hoad

    Top Critic
  • As a personal statement it may belong more to its screenwriter and producer, Tony Gilroy...More shrewdly realistic than the average Hollywood political thriller, Beirut remains open to accusations of self-involvement.

    Jul 26, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Gilroy paints a nuanced picture of the civil conflict in Lebanon, noting the U.S. and Israeli agendas at work and the inner tensions of the PLO, yet this information serves to clarify and accelerate the action.

    Apr 20, 2018 | Full Review…
  • With four Bourne thrillers to his credit, it's safe to assume that screenwriter Tony Gilroy could have penned this in his sleep. He didn't.

    Apr 13, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Beirut

  • Aug 02, 2019
    Beirut is an exciting political thriller that's full of intrigue. The story follows a former US diplomat who's recruited by the CIA to negotiate a hostage exchange in Beirut, but when internal politics get in the way he's forced to go outsider of official channels to save the hostage. Starring Jon Hamm, Rosamund Pike, and Mark Pellegrino, the film has a pretty strong cast. And it does a good job at creating tension and suspense. Also, the costumes and sets are especially well-done, creating an authentic look and feel for the time period. However, it can be a little confusing to follow the different political factions and the deals and trades being made. Yet despite a few script problems, Beirut is an intense and gripping drama.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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