Captain Fantastic Reviews

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September 26, 2017
It's only a recommendation to note that a movie stays with you after its running time has ended.
November 21, 2016
[It] shines as a sort of wish-fulfillment fantasy for a certain outdoors-oriented mind set, which almost makes up for its over-the-top moments and underwritten characters.
September 12, 2016
This is really a movie for upper-middle class hipsters who once fancied themselves firebrands and status quo-challengers in college, but now consider only buying organic food at Whole Foods and not vaccinating their kids to be radical acts.
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
Captain Fantastic is a powerful weepie with a career-high turn from Viggo Mortensen as a hippy father driving his six children to the funeral of their mother.
September 9, 2016
The beauty of the film lies in its refusal to paint Ben as a deluded tyrant or principled pioneer. He doesn't have two faces - thanks to the script, as well as Mortensen's squirrely brilliance, he has hundreds.
September 9, 2016
Lots of mixed messages, little in the way of excitement.
August 11, 2016
He bears the nickname of a comic book hero, the brains of a scholar, the soul of a rebel. And his story is a richly rewarding film experience.
July 28, 2016
Matt Ross' screenplay occasionally stumbles (especially late in the proceedings) and the ending opts for a too-facile resolution but the director/writer offers moments of genuine power and pathos that make it easy to forgive the missteps.
July 22, 2016
Ross delivers a warm, humorous, enlightening family drama marked by strong performances ...
July 22, 2016
It's a rare movie that asks such big questions - about parenting, about family, about modern-day America - and comes up with answers that are moving and meaningful, that make you laugh and cry.
July 21, 2016
The film's title, suggesting a comic-book flick, will likely cause box-office confusion. But in a way, it's appropriate. "Captain Fantastic" is a truly heroic effort.
July 21, 2016
A beautiful showcase for Mortensen.
July 15, 2016
Mortensen finds a role here that capitalizes on his contradictions, on his air of resolve and his inner life of doubt, on his hardness and his reasonableness. It becomes the showcase for one of his best performances.
July 15, 2016
The film suddenly backs down, and the resulting learning and growing feels like chickening out.
July 14, 2016
Captain Fantastic is an engaging character study about compromise, humility, letting go and love of family. It's one of the best films you'll see all year.
July 14, 2016
The ending, in which the kids symbolically affirm their independence, is so aggressively tasteless it seems to have burst straight out of an underground cartoon.
July 14, 2016
Viggo Mortensen is truly in his element in Captain Fantastic, in every conceivable way.
July 14, 2016
After a while, you begin to suspect that the smugness is the point.
July 14, 2016
"Captain Fantastic" leaves viewers with the cheering, deeply affecting image of a dad whose superpowers lie in simply doing the best that he can.
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