Bridge of Spies Reviews

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December 19, 2016
Director Steven Spielberg gives audiences a meticulously composed espionage thriller, which establishes a tense atmosphere from the start and keeps the viewer engaged throughout. [Full review in Japanese]
December 1, 2015
[A] solidly entertaining Cold War thriller.
November 24, 2015
As a Cold War film, it's strong. As a window into Spielberg's mind, it's essential.
November 9, 2015
Bridge of Spies is a heart-on-its-sleeve affirmation of American values -- not in the loaded contemporary sense of the term, but in the way the country was founded on values we have to work and fight to abide by.
November 6, 2015
Authentic re-creations of the period, including duck-and-cover clips about a nuclear holocaust that frightened young students, serve as a reminder of a time, not unlike our own, when the threat of terror kept a steady and disturbing beat.
October 23, 2015
Spielberg and Charman frame Donovan as a thin bulwark against the American government's attempts to work around its own supposed ideals at the height of the Cold War.
October 22, 2015
Bridge of Spies connects Cold War paranoia to today's terror. That's a bridge worth building.
October 21, 2015
Bridge of Spies is one of the most dexterous and pleasurable films of the year; a fine example of Spielberg's unique late style, which shows a grasp of viewer psychology any marketing guru might envy.
October 19, 2015
When all the international parties finally meet up at the shadowy titular bridge, we get to witness humanity - and classic filmmaking - at its finest.
October 19, 2015
When a film is as enjoyable as this one, its timing so sweet, and its atmosphere conjured with such skill, do you really wish to register a complaint? Would it help?
October 16, 2015
Rylance's performance is particularly interesting as he infuses Abel's dry understatements on his predicament with just the right dose of quiet irony.
October 16, 2015
Bridge of Spies is solid and uplifting, but it doesn't extend Spielberg's range.
October 16, 2015
Who doesn't like to cozy up to an old-school spy thriller that knows how to build tension and tighten it?
Top Critic
October 16, 2015
Apart from Hanks, and an understated, scene-stealing turn by Mark Rylance as the Soviet spy Abel, Bridge of Spies mostly settles for being solidly told and atmospheric.
October 16, 2015
This is a film that, though its story (inspired by true events) begins in 1957 and spans a period of about five years, uses that era to hold a mirror to our own.
October 15, 2015
In terms of the director's oeuvre, this will likely be remembered as one of his "minor" productions. (Think Always, The Terminal, and War Horse.)
October 15, 2015
Spielberg & Co. probably didn't have to reach back 60 years to find a story that would allow them to portray [America this way]. But there's nothing like the passage of time to help us condemn what we might accept in the present.
October 15, 2015
A film that is so old-fashioned and comforting that, for much of the time, watching it feels like cuddling up under a soft good-movie blanket.
October 15, 2015
Bridge of Spies, which waxes poetic -- and occasionally cynically -- on patriotism, honor, and duty, echoes in your mind long after the credits roll and begs for a second viewing.
Top Critic
October 15, 2015
There are no extraneous elements in this carefully structured docudrama, which juxtaposes East and West with parallel scenes and emulates vintage Hollywood fare as painstakingly as it reconstructs 1957 Brooklyn and 1962 Berlin.
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