Critic Consensus: As comfortingly workmanlike as its protagonist, Sully makes solid use of typically superlative work from its star and director to deliver a quietly stirring tribute to an everyday hero.
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as Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger
as Jeff Skiles
as Diane Higgins
as Lucille Palmer
as Charles Porter
as Ben Edwards
as Elizabeth Davis
as Mike Cleary
as Lorraine Sullenberger
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Critic Reviews for Sully
Eastwood has delivered a no-frills affair, almost to a fault. A brisk 96 minutes, the movie is workmanlike in its approach, yet still manages to be stirring thanks to the subject matter.
As Clint Eastwood's Sully proves, the Miracle on the Hudson is actually lousy material for a movie.
Sully can feel like a dutiful, hagiographic slog, even though its actual running time barely tops 90 minutes and both Hanks and Eckhart give warm, understated, funny performances in the only two roles developed enough to qualify as real characters
Audience Reviews for Sully
The story is structured quite oddly. With multiple depictions of the crash landing, one feels Eastwood was really stretching to turn a 30 minute melodrama into an unimpressive hour and a half film. Hanks and Eckhart are good in their roles, but the material is presented with all the clarity of a bird strike.
Tom Hanks and the movie's last half hour save this lousy hagiography from being a complete disaster, but that after a lot of hideous, expository dialogue and useless flashbacks that don't offer any insight into anything - all just to convince us with few arguments that he is a hero.
Tom Hanks is the force that makes this movie a watchable drama. But ultimately, Hanks and Eastwood can only do so much with a true life story.
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