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Captain Phillips Reviews

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September 29, 2013
It works too hard to keep matters on an even, we're-all-more-alike-than-different keel, which is just one part of its chief problem of forcefully conveying information and intent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 21, 2013
Something's missing: human interest.
October 8, 2015
But once the pirates are aboard the Maersk Alabama, any semblance of nuance is out the window and into the sea.
October 13, 2013
By the end of the film, we really don't much about the men on board, or the hijackers, or even Phillips himself. He's simply an ordinary guy in an extraordinary situation, but perhaps more ordinary than most.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 29, 2013
It's a Hollywood-style A Hijacking for dummies.
October 10, 2013
Captain Phillips is so insular, so locked in the littleness of its narrative, that it never achieves the kind of heartbreak epiphany of the filmmaker's other fact based effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
October 18, 2013
...too long and doesn't hold up the tension or danger long enough. Hanks lends his Phillips some emotional heft, but the typical heroics of the Hollywood thriller seem out of place in this style of presentation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 10, 2013
Greengrass floods the moviegoer's eye with enormous amounts of assimilable detail. Those gifts are on offer here too, but in a scenario lacking in suspense.
December 21, 2013
It goes from exciting to exhausting mighty quickly and the final act.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 10, 2013
More cool thrills from the military-entertainment complex.
October 7, 2013
If you saw the Danish film "A Hijacking," you will be disappointed at the Hollywood treatment afforded to the actual memoir of Captain Phillips
Full Review | Original Score: C+
October 8, 2013
Compare Hollywood's effort to Denmark's recent A Hijacking, rich with corporate guilt and off-board tensions, and the shortcomings are clear.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 21, 2013
The disappointing aspect to Captain Phillips is that it doesn't go beyond action movie conventions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 1, 2013
As cinema it plays a lot like a knockoff of "Zero Dark Thirty," without the same ambition and scale and with dramatically lower stakes.
October 16, 2013
Mostly adapted from the Captain's memoir Captain Phillips is conversely taut and slack; culturally savvy and naive; politically astute and manipulative; emotionally sincere and embarrassingly overwrought.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5
December 17, 2013
Captain Phillips repeatedly underlines the Navy's brilliance, and also the contest between Rich and Muse, their exchanged looks in a tight, hot space suggesting they might share a burden. But they can't.
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
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.
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
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
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