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Captain Phillips Reviews

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March 6, 2018
The whole thing is pulsing, brilliant and lean. It is a breathtakingly bold film, with knife-sharp responses.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 26, 2018
It's the year's most well-crafted dramatic thriller on both a technical and emotional level.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
November 29, 2017
There are plenty of reasons to go see Captain Phillips, but this performance should top the list.
November 17, 2017
The dialogues are profound; especially the ones exchanged between the Capt. and Muse, where the latter expresses his helplessness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 7, 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
September 6, 2017
... this high-stakes, visceral drama that allows the audience to experience the myriad emotions at the same time as the characters. It captures what is truly remarkable about the human spirit in times of peril.
Full Review | Original Score: A
September 6, 2017
The film's real muscle - intelligently never over-flexed - is as an allegory in the balance of global power and the value of life.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 28, 2017
Sometimes we're just in the mood for something really badass. And, Tom Hanks' new movie Captain Phillips is really badass. But, it's also so much more than that -- consider it the thinking person's action film.
May 31, 2017
Once at sea... Greengrass doesn't put a foot wrong, ramping up the tension as the pirates' tiny skiff attempts to board the giant container ship, turning the screw still tighter as a fraught battle of wits unfolds between the opposing leaders...
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 28, 2017
If, at the beginning, Hanks seems suitably cast as yet another ordinary guy thrown into extraordinary circumstances, by the end, it's become an emotionally riveting performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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-
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.
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.
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
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
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-
October 8, 2015
But once the pirates are aboard the Maersk Alabama, any semblance of nuance is out the window and into the sea.
May 12, 2015
This film sticks in your gut.
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
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