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Captain Phillips Reviews

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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-
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
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.
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.
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
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
February 6, 2014
[W]e're carried along not just by the momentum of events, but by the precision with which they're depicted.
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.
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