• Cast Away
    2 minutes 19 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008

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Cast Away Reviews

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

one-man show

Full Review Source: Old School Reviews | Original Score: C+

May 16, 2012
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Tom Hanks' powerful, brutal and mature story.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

December 22, 2010
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com

As melancholy as it is affirming, "Cast Away" tells a darkly comic, occasionally punishing parable about what happens when humans lose sight of humility in life's grand scheme - an interesting thematic twin to Tom Hanks' own "Joe vs. the Volcano."

Full Review Source: Suite101.com | Original Score: 4/4

September 25, 2010
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com

Remains one of the more vividly transporting films I've come into contact with. It's heartbreaking, darkly comedic, bravely observational, and ultimately, pure emotional poetry.

Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com | Original Score: A

December 7, 2009
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A gripping survival drama and one of my favorites of 2000.

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

April 29, 2009
Bob Grimm
Sacramento News & Review

The beginning and ending of the film are a bit underdeveloped, but that's just quibbling.

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 4/5

August 7, 2008
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com

Zemeckis' tranquil control never wavers.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 3/5

February 3, 2008
James Plath
Movie Metropolis

I wish that all of the film's 144 minutes were spent alone with Hanks.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 7/10

December 8, 2007
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound

This is Mr. Zemeckis' most confident directing to date. If he only had as much faith in his audience.

Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Original Score: 3/4

July 14, 2007
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International

Thoroughly entertaining and skillfully rendered.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

January 5, 2007
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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Though Hanks comes across as blandly as ever, at least his solid performance shows he's up to carrying half a movie on his own, and Zemeckis' direction is at first as busily efficient as the protagonist.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

While his philosophical ventures seem stuck in the shallow end of the pool, Zemeckis takes an important step forward as a filmmaker.

| Original Score: B

December 6, 2004
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather

This isn't a first time a long-awaited movie has turned out to be a crushing disappointment and it won't be the last, but the loss is made even more wrenching when one considers how little it would have taken to make Cast Away a great movie.

Full Review Source: Film Blather | Original Score: B-

January 9, 2004
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly

It's a risky venture, and a fascinating, straightforward glimpse into the soul of a man.

| Original Score: 3/4

May 14, 2003
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online

If all of Cast Away were as gripping as its long midsection, it would be overwhelming; still, even with its flaws, it marks another milestone performance for Tom Hanks as well as for Robert Zemeckis.

Full Review Source: Film Quips Online | Original Score: 4.5/5

February 8, 2003
Jeff Ryan
Katrillion.com

Cast Away says what you (yes, you) would end up doing if you were on a deserted island.

Full Review Source: Katrillion.com

December 12, 2002
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon

An enjoyable, moving drama in which you'll believe a man can love a volleyball. Highly recommended.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 4/5

October 30, 2002
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan

Hanks made more faces and walked around with his mouth open more than I might have liked, but he has a way of revealing his thoughts without words that kept me intrigued.

Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan

October 21, 2002
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer

The challenge to the character is matched by the challenge to the actor; for most of the movie Mr. Hanks is the only human being we see or hear. He tackles the job with stunning confidence in a performance stripped of gimmicks and driven by need.

Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer | Original Score: 4/4

October 15, 2002
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine
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Hanks's Everyman quality has never been more aptly utilized: He's the perfect stand-in for all of us who never made it to Eagle Scout.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine

September 26, 2002

CinemaBlend.com
August 12, 2002

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002

Irish Times

February 7, 2001

Ebert & Roeper
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February 7, 2001
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