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Catch Me If You Can Reviews

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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
December 25, 2002
For all his genre-hopping and shape-shifting Spielberg seems to have become too big to tell small stories, which is one reason why the film sputters on one too many false endings.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 30, 2002
It can't overcome how empty it all is.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
December 25, 2002
Sporting a stingy-brimmed hat and erratic Boston accent, Hanks gives a ludicrous performance.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
January 9, 2003
What begins brightly gets bogged down over 140 minutes.
| Original Score: 2/4
Tony Medley
October 7, 2004
Has Steven Spielberg lost it?
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
December 26, 2002
Spielberg had one more thing to prove as a director, and that was to see how much money a humdrum film could gross with his name attached, along with two big stars collaborating in his droll experiment in tedium.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
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Charles Taylor
December 23, 2002
Though Catch Me If You Can isn't badly made, the fun slowly leaks out of the movie.
Gary Susman
Boston Phoenix
December 23, 2002
You'll be charmed and entertained for a couple hours, but then you'll realize you're out 10 bucks.
Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine
January 5, 2003
Catch Me If You Can's shiny wrapping paper of clever counterfeit schemes, pretty girls and fairytale cinematography belies the larger, richer themes that attracted such heavyweight talent to the project.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
January 10, 2003
Some may discount "Catch Me If You Can" as frivolous, but I believe it is an expertly-made popcorn film alive with energy, style, momentum and heart. It maintains a gripping balance between comedy and drama
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 23, 2002
Gee, thanks, Mr. Spielberg, this is one terrific Christmas present.
Full Review| Original Score: B+
Stephen Himes
Film Snobs
January 22, 2003
Spielberg's movie is fine entertainment, but John Williams has lost the sense of adventure in his scores.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 25, 2002
The story is a good story, directly told, and such meaning as it has comes from the irony that the only person who completely appreciates Abagnale's accomplishments is the man trying to arrest him.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
December 24, 2002
Never takes itself or its subjects too seriously, and contains more genuinely funny material than about 90% of the so-called 'comedies' found in multiplexes these days.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
December 24, 2002
Every single element of this movie works brilliantly together and the result is as irresistible as its con man hero.
| Original Score: A-
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 22, 2010
Excellent account of FBI's youngest Most Wanted.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
December 24, 2002
The film's only missteps come from the script's insistence on providing deep emotional motivation for each and every one of Abagnale's antics.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Foucher
EDGE Boston
October 7, 2003
Steven Spielberg's new film is lighthearted and enjoyable, with just enough undercurrents of human frailty to keep the story interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Michael Szymanski
December 23, 2002
One of the best cat-and-mouse movies to come along in a while, Leo has great fun in the role.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
James Rocchi
February 11, 2003
Spielberg's candy-colored tale of cons in the swingin' past is a blast of fun with a surprising amount of heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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