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The Catcher Was A Spy (2018)


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Critic Consensus: The Catcher Was a Spy loses sight of the most interesting elements of its fact-based story, dropping the ball and leaving likable lead Paul Rudd stranded.

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In the midst of World War II, major league catcher Moe Berg (Paul Rudd) is drafted to join a new team: the Office of Security Services (the precursor to the CIA). No ordinary ballplayer, the erudite, Jewish Ivy League graduate speaks nine languages and is a regular guest on a popular TV quiz show. Despite his celebrity, Berg is an enigma - a closeted gay man with a knack for keeping secrets. The novice spy is quickly trained and sent into the field to stop German scientist Werner Heisenberg before he can build an atomic bomb for the Nazis.


Paul Rudd
as Moe Berg
Mark Strong (II)
as Werner Heisenberg
Sienna Miller
as Estella Huni
Jeff Daniels
as William J. Donovan
Guy Pearce
as Robert Furman
Paul Giamatti
as Samuel Goudsmit

Critic Reviews for The Catcher Was A Spy

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (6)

It's a disappointingly mild period thriller that's light on thrills. Even Paul Rudd, one of the most likable actors in Hollywood, can't rescue it.

June 19, 2018 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

The script, by Robert Rodat, skips around in time to elucidate the amped-up drama, but it never gets close to Berg's own character.

June 18, 2018 | Full Review…

A very enjoyable middle-of-the-road adventure, especially for moviegoers willing to see just about anything starring Rudd.

January 31, 2018 | Full Review…

So much of the nuance and the outright, exhilarating contradictions of a man like Berg are burned off in the exhaust of a roving and disjointed war story.

January 22, 2018 | Full Review…

But for a movie that wants to tell you this unbelievable story about a smart guy, "The Catcher Was a Spy" shows its hand with faux-intellectualism.

January 22, 2018 | Full Review…

There's a curious lack of credibility and urgency in this big-screen adaptation, the kind of respectable near-miss that can happen when worthy talent apply themselves to a project they're just not ideally suited for.

January 20, 2018 | Full Review…

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