Captain Fantastic Reviews

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July 26, 2019
You're likely to be bored by a two hour lecture from unrealistically perfect humans, hiding inside the Trojan horse of a toothless family drama.
December 12, 2018
Captain Fantastic strives to be stoic and offbeat, but is too stubborn in attitude and too lacking in charisma to defend its stance.
October 5, 2018
Captain Fantastic leaves the nuance at Mortensen's doorstep and decides to telegraph everything else, which is not something I look for in films nowadays.
May 1, 2018
It's enjoyable the way Matthew Ross's screenplay and direction try to denaturalize ordinary American life as it's lived in the suburbs, but nothing everyone hasn't thought a million times before.
January 10, 2018
Throughout, it's unclear what Captain Fantastic is trying to tell us, still less what it's trying to say.
October 11, 2017
Captain Fantastic wants to be a heart-warming look at an unusual family unit that extols the virtues of self-reliance, but instead it's a creepy case study of how a domineering father controls and limits his children.
December 31, 2016
Under the Sundance-ian stylings -- "Little Miss Sunshine Goes prepper!" -- there's a whiff of mold to this script.
December 30, 2016
Plays around with a lot of big words and famous leftist names, but it's strictly an affectation .
November 9, 2016
By the unintentionally creepy ending you'll be screaming for the maddening Ben to be locked up - and for the children to be set free.
September 22, 2016
Captain Fantastic ties its many loose ends into charming little bows, pats itself on the back for its own ingenuity, and skips along on its merry way.
September 11, 2016
In the end there's not enough depth to buy into the premise or its Hollywood ending.
September 9, 2016
A more interesting version of the film would allow us to see him as either a flawed but noble hero or a deluded bully on an ego trip. But Ross is too in love with the character not to stack the deck in his favour.
September 9, 2016
Lots of mixed messages, little in the way of excitement.
September 8, 2016
The cast works diligently to find nuance in the material. They are no match, however, for a director who can't tell the difference between film-making and crowd-pleasing.
September 6, 2016
Writer-director Ross lapses into contrivance, narrative and emotional, but it'd be worse without Mortensen's utter conviction and that rugged, out-of-time mien which has served him well in stories of extremity from The Road to Jauja.
July 28, 2016
A movie about challenging conventional wisdom eventually succumbs to just that.
July 26, 2016
If you're buying what these filmmakers are selling, you'll be all in. Suffice it to say, I wasn't buying it.
July 21, 2016
In the final analysis, Ross gives us little reason to care what happens to this smug hippie and his half-savage, know-it-all brood.
July 18, 2016
works more than it doesn't, but it's hard not to wish that Ross had made his targets a little less broad and his own perspective a little more nuanced
July 15, 2016
Captain Fantastic's passion for extra-crunchy progressivism is served with a large side of emotional fructose, but one can't subsist on brownie points alone.
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