Captain Phillips Reviews

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May 11, 2020
There's too much waiting and overly dramatic reflection. But the film does finish with a thrilling flourish, and the details of the cat and mouse games at sea are quite riveting.
November 21, 2019
Nothing feels false and in its final 30 minutes Captain Phillips is damned near perfect.
August 27, 2019
Sadly, thanks to the Dutch film A Hijacking, which "coincidentally" hit DVD this week, Captain Phillips isn't even the best "hijacked by Somali pirates" movie in the last 6 months.
June 9, 2019
Mainstream films this good deserve to be celebrated, because they don't come along nearly as often as they should.
April 9, 2019
It's a compelling, ripped-from-the-headlines drama that offers plenty of tension -- even if you are familiar with the story.
February 22, 2019
The Navy SEALS procedural is a bit of a jumble even as it comfortingly demonstrates American competence in the face of a standoff. Still, it's the captain's passion that gives the movie its emotional intensity.
January 26, 2019
Hanks excels as Phillips with his everyman persona.
January 25, 2019
What makes Captain Phillips so gripping, apart from its visceral sense of danger, is that it daringly gives us both points of view.
December 8, 2018
Works as a reasonably effective thriller, although, in retrospect, that seems more down to the inherent strengths of the scenario than any brio in the storytelling itself.
November 6, 2018
Director Paul Greengrass creates a compelling film that is engaging without being preachy or didactic. Tom Hanks is, as always, stellar; and first-time actor Barkhad Abdi is moving as the villain/victim of the story.
November 1, 2018
Captain Phillips is a stupendous thrill ride that should not be missed. Hanks' performance alone makes it worth the price of admission, but Abdi and Greengrass sweeten the deal.
October 12, 2018
Captain Phillips is a tense and taut thriller with exceptional acting from its leading men.
September 5, 2018
My heart was in my mouth throughout. It is nail-bitingly exciting, even if you know the outcome, and I think I can safely say it's a better film than the one I thought I was going to see.
August 27, 2018
It's a breath-taking cat-and-mouse thriller with a superb central performance from Tom Hanks as well as from newcomer Barkhad Abdi.
August 21, 2018
Director Paul Greengrass is a masterful guide, delivering a taunt and exciting cinematic adventure while keeping the essence of the story intact.
March 6, 2018
The whole thing is pulsing, brilliant and lean. It is a breathtakingly bold film, with knife-sharp responses.
January 26, 2018
It's the year's most well-crafted dramatic thriller on both a technical and emotional level.
November 29, 2017
There are plenty of reasons to go see Captain Phillips, but this performance should top the list.
November 18, 2017
The dialogues are profound; especially the ones exchanged between the Capt. and Muse, where the latter expresses his helplessness.
November 8, 2017
The praise is deserved. Yes, he (Abdi) does play Muse as a frenzied, gun-waving thug high on drugs, but Muse is also a sly negotiator and a tough boss to his men and he, as a natural leader on screen, is a match for Hanks.
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