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Cast Away Reviews

June 24, 2006
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.
September 26, 2002
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.
March 19, 2002
Cast Away isn't the first to recognize our modern need for primal tales, but it is among the most accomplished. It plugs straight into our unplugged fantasies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 4, 2001
Hanks conducts a master class in acting by showing a man losing his sense of himself in fractional gradations.
February 7, 2001
Read More | Original Score: B+
December 22, 2000
The scenes of Hanks' complete isolation on the island, where barely a sound is heard for minutes at a time, are the best thing about Cast Away.
December 22, 2000
Cast Away amounts to little more than an unprecedented showcase for its star.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 22, 2000
Cast Away is, in many ways, a bold, adventurous bid for Oscardom. Unfortunately, what it delivers for audiences, as opposed to Oscar voters, is a little questionable.
December 22, 2000
This second section is a masterpiece of filmmaking and a tour de force of acting.
December 22, 2000
Beautifully crafted.
December 22, 2000
Touching.
December 22, 2000
Hanks and his collaborators deserve all the praise and awards that surely will come their way.
December 22, 2000
Cast Away has a marshmallow middle that feels empty at the core.
December 22, 2000
If you've seen the trailer or the commercials, you know the story, but that doesn't mean you've seen the movie.
December 22, 2000
Tom Hanks is in nearly every frame of Cast Away -- for more than an hour of the film, he's literally the only human being on the screen -- and yet you never grow tired of watching him.
December 22, 2000
While Cast Away works as a simple saga of survival, the film plays on deeper levels too.
December 22, 2000
Zemeckis is a capable director, so despite the misguided concept, the movie is anything but inept.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
December 22, 2000
In terms of story and pacing, the whole of Cast Away is a lot less then the sum of its parts.
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December 22, 2000
As a FedEx troubleshooter who survives a plane crash, Hanks performs a bravura solo spin.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 22, 2000
A brave film, and a surprisingly absorbing and finally affecting one, partly because it's about that least American of trinities -- silence, solitariness, and the spiritual deepening impossible to achieve without both.
December 22, 2000
A blockbuster with the soul of an art film, Cast Away is an enormously gratifying surprise ending to a generally disappointing year at the movies.
December 22, 2000
Cast Away is a sad movie of the sort that Hollywood almost never makes: not three-hankie sad, not 'go have yourself a good cry' sad, but the kind of thing that, if you let it in deep enough, can send a shudder to your very soul.
December 22, 2000
Tom Hanks does a superb job of carrying Cast Away all by himself for about two-thirds of its running time, but isn't much helped by additional characters in the opening and closing sequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 22, 2000
At its best, Cast Away, like Titanic, awes us with its sheer oceanic sweep and its cosmic apprehension of human insignificance.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
December 21, 2000
An exquisite film that gratifies our senses and our emotions.
December 21, 2000
Worth the trip.
December 21, 2000
Director Robert Zemeckis and screenwriter William Broyles Jr. do a great job of keeping the cut-and-dried formula from, well, getting too cut and dried.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 21, 2000
Although Cast Away is very much Hanks's extreme everyman solo, his inanimate Man Friday deserves recognition as one of the year's best supporting actors.
December 21, 2000
Hanks turns in an Oscar-worthy performance yet again.
Read More | Original Score: 84/100
December 21, 2000
A handsomely made, instructive but finally tedious blow-by-blow training film on island survival that it throws the entire venture out of balance, capsizing the enterprise and making it difficult to keep any kind of message afloat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 21, 2000
Cast Away is an adventure movie of extraordinary simplicity and power.
December 21, 2000
A tour de force, a courageous and surprisingly un-self-indulgent exercise in pared-down acting that makes Hanks, yet again, a likely Oscar contender.
Read More | Original Score: B
December 18, 2000
Has all the hallmarks of a great motion picture: well-developed characters, solid drama, non-traditional adventure, and an intelligent script.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 8, 2000
Zemeckis does an excellent job of finding visual means to express Chuck's isolation and thought process.
December 8, 2000
Takes admirable risks while avoiding pitfalls.
December 8, 2000
Zemeckis tells his story ... with a control magnificent in what isn't shown as much as in what is.
Full Review | Original Score: A-