Captain Fantastic Reviews

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December 8, 2017
While the spirit of the movie is admirable, the constant tirades by the Cash family against typical society grow repetitive and lose their impact as a result, even as a device to show the difficulties in processing grief.
December 4, 2017
The community seems to crack between the contradictions of the anarchist and some youthful desire... [Full review in Spanish]
October 18, 2017
It has charm but it's hard to believe in a man of such diverse talents, while the laboured eccentricities madden as much as entertain.
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.
September 26, 2017
It's only a recommendation to note that a movie stays with you after its running time has ended.
August 28, 2017
Captain Fantastic stands out as a film about being honest -- about mental illness, about religion and education, about politics and sex. It's brilliant.
August 21, 2017
The mood shifts constantly, so that at any given moment the family's lifestyle seems either ideal or like a mild form of child abuse.
June 27, 2017
The script is deeply nuanced and moving, and all the performances beautifully understated. The gorgeous cinematography is second only to the glorious scenery.
June 20, 2017
Matt Ross's heartfelt tribute to some of the better (and some of the worse) elements of the whole hippie "Stick it to the Man" mentality has both a heart and a brain - a rarity in movies these days.
March 29, 2017
The caricature of self-righteous leftism on display here is spot on, and Captain Fantastic walks a fine line between seeing the good faith in Ben's Thoreau-like beliefs and acknowledging the rather authoritarian way in which he pushes them on his kids.
February 14, 2017
An unusual film that oscillates between a road movie and the chronicle of a family that beats in its terrain any alien domesticity and that concludes like a very preNobel homage to Bob Dylan. [Full review in Spanish]
February 8, 2017
What appears to be a brutal critique of the capitalist way of life ends up being in reality a critique of left Utopias. [Full review in Spanish]
January 31, 2017
Matt Ross has crafted a truly fantastic tale of the joy of living in the wild while physically training and home schooling a brood of children, far from the madding crowd.
January 1, 2017
Films want you to root for the guy with the alternative lifestyle or the radical take on the world, thumbing his nose at the stuffed shirts. Captain Fantastic isn't so sure.
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 .
December 28, 2016
Fantastic, indeed.
December 28, 2016
When given the opportunity, Viggo Mortensen convincingly meshes roles as concerned father and wilderness commando into a richly layered, organically driven performance.
December 28, 2016
There are many tonal plates being spun here; the lack of a deafening crash is impressive. It comes down, you suspect, to the film's embrace of its own contradictions.
December 27, 2016
With good doses of humor Ross leads this warm road movie to a good destination. It shows how the utopia of an egalitarian coexistence outside of civilization remains stimulating but to some extent unrealizable. [Full review in Spanish]
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