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Captain Phillips Reviews

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Sonny Bunch
Washington Free Beacon
July 14, 2016
A gripping action-thriller, one that hews closely to the events as they occurred, and offers a glimpse into the fight for survival endured by all parties to the crime.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Forrest Cardamenis
The Film Stage
June 23, 2016
Captain Phillips may be a thinly scoped story with tried-and-true themes, but the acting turns it into a surprisingly captivating story of heroism.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jason Bailey
Flavorwire
June 19, 2016
It seems strange to say that an actor as awarded and acclaimed as Tom Hanks is still capable of surprising us. But he does in 'Captain Phillips,' which is one of the best films of the year.
Edward Lawrenson
The Big Issue
June 8, 2016
It's a brilliantly accomplished hostage drama -- claustrophobic and breathlessly paced -- and Greengrass' commanding piloting of a Hollywood juggernaut can blind you to the film's faults.
Bill Newcott
AARP Movies for Grownups
April 18, 2016
Great movies nearly always involve a director's galvanizing vision and an actor's willingness to let character drive performance. Captain Phillips is a great movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 5 of 5
J. Olson
Cinemixtape
April 9, 2016
Hanks is very good in the role - downright fantastic in its final minutes - his everyman persona going a long way in eliciting attachment on the part of the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
James Plath
Family Home Theater
April 3, 2016
Almost from the beginning it's structured like a chess match between Phillips and a Somali pirate (Barkhad Abdi as Abduwali Muse) who feels pressured to make a big score.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook
October 8, 2015
But once the pirates are aboard the Maersk Alabama, any semblance of nuance is out the window and into the sea.
Sean Burns
The Improper Bostonian
May 12, 2015
This film sticks in your gut.
Clayton Davis
AwardsCircuit.com
July 6, 2014
Bring your defibrillator and a bottle of Xanex to make it through the picture as your heart will be beating outside of your chest.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
May 1, 2014
As in many films of this genre, fiction or fact, finesse gives way to firepower force, and though the real-life outcome is fixed in advance, the voyage is exhilarating.
Ray Pride
Newcity
April 22, 2014
About an hour in, though, much hell breaks loose. Greengrass' avid, excitable camera moves begin to match the action, to become the action.
David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org
February 21, 2014
The script, adapted from the book written by the actual protagonist, is not romanticized or glossed over with overreaching sentiment, and Greengrass' direction matches it with a style that is consistently tenacious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

Daily Record (UK)
February 7, 2014
After a gripping start in which Phillips tries to outrun the pirates, the excitement lessens once they clamber aboard.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Russell Hainline
Movie Mezzanine
February 6, 2014
Storytelling in its purest form: it works as a no-fat thriller, yet it achieves nuanced character dimension and thematic complexity
Full Review | Original Score: A
Jonathan Romney
Film Comment Magazine
February 6, 2014
[W]e're carried along not just by the momentum of events, but by the precision with which they're depicted.
Jonathan Kiefer
SF Weekly
February 4, 2014
While the events depicted here do at times suggest a sort of Die Hard on the high seas, the tone is refreshingly anti-triumphalist.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
January 31, 2014
The final scenes alone, make "Captain Phillips" worthy of being called a masterpiece.
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
January 20, 2014
While I find it a little strange that it's been getting as much awards attention as it has, it's still worth taking a look at for Greengrass' intense direction and a story that will have your eyes glued to the screen. For most of it at least.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
January 7, 2014
One of the ten best films of 2013.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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