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Captain Phillips Reviews

December 10, 2013
Over and over in this movie we hear variations on the phrase "everything's going to be OK." It's just impossible to head out of the theater and back into the wider world believing that's actually true.
December 9, 2013
We're in the steady hands of Paul Greengrass, a director fully aware that convincing crisis stories involve conflicting interests and passions.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
October 14, 2013
The entire performance is one of the greatest in Hanks' prolific, varied career - a role that gives him a massive arc and the opportunity to show great range.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 11, 2013
Whether or not you find it an inadvertent parable of the political moment (I do), Captain Phillips is a terrific film.
October 11, 2013
It's the work of Tom Hanks that makes this film unforgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 11, 2013
This is acting of the highest order in a movie that raises the bar on what a true-life action thriller can do.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 11, 2013
It's some of the most powerful acting Hanks has ever done.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 11, 2013
For those whose idea of a pirate is Capt. Jack Sparrow - or Long John Silver, for that matter - this real-life account will be a rude awakening as to what constitutes a 21st-century model.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 11, 2013
This is one of the year's best movies and it features Tom Hanks' strongest work in more than a decade. But it's a live wire, time bomb of a film that, when it finally releases, leaves your nerves scrambled.
Full Review | Original Score: A
October 11, 2013
Captain Phillips manages to expose us to a few things that are unusual in a thriller, including sympathy for the enemy and, in Hanks's performance, the frailty that is the other side of heroism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 11, 2013
Captain Phillips puts names and faces to its tale of economic clashes. That's why Hanks' and Abdi's performances are so anchoring. Their characters face off, negotiate, cajole each other not as archetypes but as humans.
October 10, 2013
The drug-addled camera and ominous music might seem excessive in Phillips' home office, but like a noisy refrigerator or odd smell, the body learns to ignore what's jarring at first.
October 10, 2013
Hanks deftly captures Phillips' blend of bravery, heroism and abject terror in a wonderfully minimalist performance, one of his best.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 10, 2013
No one working in movies today does fervid, visceral realism better than director Paul Greengrass.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
October 10, 2013
Director Paul Greengrass' treatment of this material - and Tom Hanks' extraordinary performance - makes the movie required viewing for the informed and uninformed alike.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 10, 2013
There's something so unforced about him that it can seem as if he's not delivering a performance, just being Tom Hanks.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
October 10, 2013
The film succeeds on its own terms-an exciting entertainment that makes us feel good about the outcome, and about the reach of American power, rather than its limits.
October 10, 2013
Yet another Greengrass masterpiece. And it reveals why there have been so many: Behind the director's dispassionate, unfailingly rigorous lens lies an enormous, unfailingly compassionate heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 10, 2013
Another highlight in Tom Hanks' Americana gallery, the story of a seemingly regular guy who turns out to be something more than a regular guy, thus giving hope to regular guys everywhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 10, 2013
In addition to being an action-adventure about captors and hostages, Captain Phillips is a tragedy about the ruinous consequences of global capitalism.
October 10, 2013
The piercingly realistic "Captain Phillips" will exceed your expectations.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
October 10, 2013
Hanks and Abdi are so compellingly matched that unlike with most thrillers, it won't be the action climax in Captain Phillips that'll stick with you. It'll be that aftermath, which gets at the emotional toll of terrorism in a way few movies have.
October 10, 2013
This is the kind of gripping thriller for the age of globalization that director Paul Greengrass has been honing in movies like "United 93" and "The Green Zone."
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 10, 2013
With Captain Phillips, Greengrass doesn't disappoint, injecting the story with a sense of nervous energy and creeping claustrophobia. The movie manages to be both tense and suspenseful, even though the world knows how it ends.
| Original Score: 4/5
October 10, 2013
Hostage situations have inspired so many shallow, primitive genre films that it's eye-opening to see what an inspired filmmaker can achieve with the material.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 10, 2013
We watch these films and wonder about ourselves, about who we are, why we are here, what we would do.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 10, 2013
Freighted with weighty issues, "Captain Phillips" is a film worth debating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 10, 2013
More cool thrills from the military-entertainment complex.
October 10, 2013
A survival saga that raises the pulse and tweaks the conscience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 10, 2013
It's not meant to be smooth sailing, and overall "Captain Phillips" is a voyage well-worth taking.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 10, 2013
Capt. Richard Phillips is all business, and so is Hanks' portrayal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
October 10, 2013
It's [Hanks'] best performance in years, one that resurrects the actor's dormant gift-shared by Hollywood ancestors like Gregory Peck and Jimmy Stewart-for charismatic decency.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 10, 2013
Director Paul Greengrass creates an aura of urgency so compelling, so rooted in detail, that we temporarily forget what we know and hold our breaths for two-plus hours of tightening suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 10, 2013
You won't forget "Captain Phillips" in a hurry - nor will you forget Hanks, who in midcareer still finds ways to dazzle us anew.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 10, 2013
Basically, this is a crime story that slowly builds to a very good second half, and a drama with a fine performance at its heart. And that's how it should really be seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 9, 2013
Greengrass keeps you off balance - he's a jittery poet of reality.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 9, 2013
Under the trigger-ready direction of Paul Greengrass, everything pays off handsomely in a series of well-timed encounters that keep you on the edge of your seat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 9, 2013
What Greengrass excels at is action - taut and visceral - and it happens as soon as the captain suddenly looks at a screen and sees two small dots moving toward the ship.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
October 8, 2013
An intense experience that will leave many viewers exhausted by the time the 2 1/4-hour running time expires.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 8, 2013
In Big, Hanks gave us a boy who became a man overnight; now, in Captain Phillips, he gives us a man so shaken and sickened by adventure that for a while, despite himself, he turns back into a child.
October 8, 2013
One of the year's best films.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 8, 2013
Captain Phillips unfurls with an intensity that knocks the wind out of you. Director Paul Greengrass' film is the most gripping based-on-fact film so far this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 7, 2013
"Captain Phillips" will grab and hold your attention from its first few minutes to its startling conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 6, 2013
Greengrass and screenwriter Billy Ray put us on the side of Phillips, his crew, the American negotiators, the Navy, and the SEALS. But we understand the greater tragedy of Muse and the Somalis' lives.
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.
September 29, 2013
It's a Hollywood-style A Hijacking for dummies.
September 27, 2013
Arguably Greengrass' best film, and almost certainly his most urgent.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.9/10
September 6, 2013
Paul Greengrass and Tom Hanks team up for a pulsating account of the kidnapping of the captain of an American cargo ship by Somali pirates.
September 6, 2013
The filmmakers are as interested in the human element as they are in the true events they're recounting. It's too bad that they couldn't have made their real-life bad guys as multi-dimensional as their hero.
September 6, 2013
At every step, Hanks excels at showing what's really going on in the character's mind while maintaining his facade of almost folksy calm. It isn't one of the actor's rangiest roles, but it culminates in an eruption of emotional fireworks ...
September 6, 2013
Even while proficiently made, the movie fails to go beyond the call of duty, mainly fueling the same cocktail chatter the events have already inspired.
Full Review | Original Score: B