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Sully Reviews

September 19, 2016
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.
September 15, 2016
As Clint Eastwood's Sully proves, the Miracle on the Hudson is actually lousy material for a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
September 12, 2016
A fierce, stark, haunted drama of horror narrowly avoided.
September 11, 2016
You've heard of straw men? This is a straw movie.
September 9, 2016
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
September 9, 2016
Hanks's Sullenberger is by far Eastwood's most untarnished standard-bearer to date. Not even Nelson Mandela came off looking this good.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 9, 2016
Hanks is very good at playing an Everyman, and Eastwood is content to showcase Sullenberger in that way.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Top Critic
September 9, 2016
Sully is fascinating as a study of Eastwood's persecution complex, his fear that not everyone in the world adequately worships an accomplished white man.
Full Review | Original Score: C
September 9, 2016
A porterhouse of a movie that touches your heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 9, 2016
Hanks does an admirable job of showing Sully's humiliating stress while his reputation was being challenged, with the first-rate support of a cast that includes Laura Linney as his wife, and Jamey Sheridan and Anna Gunn as his surly inquisitors.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 9, 2016
Thrilling when we're on and around the plane (seeing that giant CGI bird splash down, especially on an Imax screen, makes you realize how improbable the whole enterprise was) and too often thudding when we're not.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 9, 2016
"Sully" isn't interested in going anywhere new. Watching the movie, you can feel Eastwood hurrying up to finish to move on to his next thing.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
September 9, 2016
Although not an Oscar-worthy endeavor, Sully proves to be by turns engaging, exhilarating, and nail-biting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 8, 2016
Eastwood moves slowly to the landing but gives it its full due. Filmed on IMAX, his big, clear images nevertheless remain somber -- as does Eastwood's own quiet score - in the big, awaited moment.
September 8, 2016
Sully remains an impressive achievement, a portrait of a good man whose heroism lay in having the right stuff and knowing how to use it during a small eternity of looming chaos and unprecedented peril.
September 8, 2016
Taut and vivid.
September 8, 2016
Efficient and effective in Eastwood's experienced hands, "Sully" has interwoven a crisp and electric retelling of the story of the landing we know with a story we do not ...
September 8, 2016
That it unnerves you as much as it does may seem surprising, given that going in, we know how this story ends. But Mr. Eastwood is also very good at his job, a talent that gives the movie its tension along with an autobiographical sheen.
September 8, 2016
It may not be a classic, but it is enormously crowd-pleasing for the story and its reminder that ordinary people can do extraordinary things in a crisis.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 8, 2016
The only real reason we care about Sully is what happened in that plane. In that regard, and only that regard, Sully absolutely delivers.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 8, 2016
The movie is more than worth seeing ...
September 8, 2016
Clint Eastwood is simply the ideal director for a big-screen telling of the "Miracle on the Hudson" hero pilot story that Sully delivers with confidence and grace.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 8, 2016
By turning an emergency that lasted a little more than two minutes into an accomplished, unsettling adventure thriller, Eastwood is at the controls of a movie machine that other directors could send skidding off the runway.
September 8, 2016
"Sully" is a classy, enormously satisfying ode to simple competence. To paraphrase the title character, it's just a movie doing its job. And amen to that.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 8, 2016
"Sully" is the kind of film that may be described as old-fashioned and never goes out of style.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 8, 2016
At once a true-life drama about heroism and people working in harmony under exceptional conditions ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 8, 2016
"One of the best movies of 2016."
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5
September 8, 2016
Like Sully, Hanks makes the impossible seem effortless. Listen up, Oscar. Hanks and director Eastwood deserve the three words Sully prizes most: Job well done.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 8, 2016
The event itself remains a stunner, but Clint Eastwood's somewhat drab drama sheds no new light on the media-shy pilot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 8, 2016
Whether you want to accept it or not, Eastwood remains one of the best and most quixotic filmmakers we have, torn between jingoism and doubt, exceptionalism and despair.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 7, 2016
Inevitable is how "Sully" feels. That, and a little soggy.
September 7, 2016
In the end, "Sully" is a broadly crowd-pleasing movie, at a time when we could use the straight-forward entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 7, 2016
There is something compelling about someone who simply shows up for the job, day after day, carving out the remarkable from the unremarkable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 7, 2016
Hanks pulls off the earnest optimism and unassuming humility that made Sullenberger a media darling right after the incident.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 7, 2016
[A] plainspoken and disarmingly delicate conception of heroics, which might be Eastwood's best work since Million Dollar Baby.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
September 7, 2016
If Tom Hanks hadn't existed to play the title role, Eastwood would have had to invent him: This is one of those cases where movie-star persona and real-life legend blend perfectly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 7, 2016
There's a good idea for a movie here. In fact, there are two. But the movie itself never quite takes off.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 6, 2016
Good people doing their jobs thoughtfully and at the height of their abilities, working together under unprecedented and extraordinary circumstances. Sometimes all of those things come together to create a miracle, and "Sully" is a warm reminder of that.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 6, 2016
Watching that airplane land on the Hudson River is a heart-stopping wonder. But the entire ordeal lasted just 208 seconds. The movie is 96 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 6, 2016
At its heart, this is a thrilling tribute to a modest hero who rose to an extraordinary occasion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 3, 2016
Even as recently as American Sniper, Eastwood has done a much better job than this of shading in the grays of what constitutes heroism, both during and after the fact. Sully is so square, it's a wonder it even gets airborne.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 3, 2016
It's an effectively thrilling story of quietly unassuming, can-do American heroism-the kind, sadly, we don't get to witness much these days.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 3, 2016
This is Hanks' show, and he delivers a typically strong performance, quickly allowing us to forget that we're watching an actor.
September 2, 2016
Eastwood delivers an earnest, straightforward look at the way the captain's professionalism saved the day. But while that aspect of the movie hits more than a few obvious notes, the crash is the real star of the show.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 2, 2016
There's a lively, hard-to-ignore subtext here, wherein an 86-year-old classicist filmmaker tells the story of an experienced captain, still alive because of his confident human instincts, under threat by an industry's over-reliance on computer simulation.