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January 22, 2018
Sadly, this film stumbles in its telling from its opening moments, and one problem quickly rises above the rest: Paul Rudd is heinously miscast in this role.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
February 5, 2018
In the end, The Catcher Was A Spy was much more catcher and not enough spy. What we end up with is a film that's the opposite of how fascinating its lead subject is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 22, 2018
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.
June 20, 2018
Berg was an enigmatic and underappreciated Renaissance Man, and we leave the film not especially enlightened.
January 22, 2018
The Catcher Was a Spy can't latch onto an intriguing angle, choosing instead to leave Berg as a cipher but calling him an "enigma."
Full Review | Original Score: C-
January 22, 2018
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 21, 2018
But not only is Lewin unsuitable as a director, so is Paul Rudd badly miscast as Berg.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 18, 2018
As lifeless and dull as being at a White Sox game in 2018
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 14, 2018
As the film proceeds, the appeal of its nostalgia wears thin and you may notice that there isn't much beyond the window dressing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 20, 2018
Lewin and Rodat show care for the true story origins of "Spy," but their hesitation to awaken its potential turns the film into a museum piece.
Full Review | Original Score: C
June 18, 2018
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 19, 2018
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
June 17, 2018
Stereotypical scenes like those taking place at night during fogs do little to enhance this old-fashioned spy melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
January 20, 2018
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.
June 19, 2018
Despite sterling performances, "The Catcher Was a Spy" ultimately loses its luster in the murk surrounding the man it calls a "walking enigma."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 20, 2018
If this neutered biopic proves anything, it's that an enigma doesn't photograph.
January 25, 2018
The Catcher Was A Spy isn't a spy film that will appeal to everyone, but it's enjoyable for the right audiences.
January 22, 2018
It's a mostly safe and gentle telling of an interesting story that remains engaging throughout its respectably modest 95-minute running time.
January 27, 2018
Lewin is clearly angling for a classical Hollywood studio picture aesthetic and he mostly succeeds, only sometimes betrayed by his budget.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 24, 2018
It's a poignant message, delivered simply.
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