Sully (2016)

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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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Tom Hanks stars in this thrilling portrait of heroic airline pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, re-enacting his incredible successful emergency landing of an Airbus A320 full of passengers on the Hudson River.

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Cast

Tom Hanks
as Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger
Aaron Eckhart
as Jeff Skiles
Valerie Mahaffey
as Diane Higgins
Delphi Harrington
as Lucille Palmer
Mike O'Malley
as Charles Porter
Jamey Sheridan
as Ben Edwards
Anna Gunn
as Elizabeth Davis
Holt McCallany
as Mike Cleary
Laura Linney
as Lorraine Sullenberger
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Critic Reviews for Sully

All Critics (318) | Top Critics (45)

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.

Sep 19, 2016 | Full Review…
CNN.com
Top Critic

As Clint Eastwood's Sully proves, the Miracle on the Hudson is actually lousy material for a movie.

Sep 15, 2016 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

A fierce, stark, haunted drama of horror narrowly avoided.

Sep 12, 2016 | Full Review…

You've heard of straw men? This is a straw movie.

Sep 11, 2016 | Full Review…

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

Sep 9, 2016 | Full Review…
Slate
Top Critic

Hanks's Sullenberger is by far Eastwood's most untarnished standard-bearer to date. Not even Nelson Mandela came off looking this good.

Sep 9, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

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.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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.

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

You'd think this very nearly a freshman effort as this work so cut-and-dried ... but for the presence of so many heavy hitters in the cast. Fortunately the story arc depends on landing a plane full of passengers into the Hudson River in the middle of winter. It's so riveting that they show it twice.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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