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The Catcher Was A Spy Reviews

August 10, 2018
In Moe Berg, Rudd helps director Ben Lewin (Paperback Writer, The Sessions) add another unforgettable passive hero to the his increasing menagerie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 25, 2018
It's an absorbing character study of a most intriguing man.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 30, 2018
It's a less than passable espionage thriller watered down by a vague character study.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 25, 2018
It's so safe, and it's so dry, and it's so understated to a fault.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
June 25, 2018
The result is a juicy true story told blandly, but The Catcher Was a Spy is still a movie worth seeing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 24, 2018
I wish I liked it more.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 22, 2018
Handsome cinematography fails to disguise the low production value, and constant cross-cutting between strategy meetings and the mission itself make both parts of the sandwich feel moldy.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
June 22, 2018
A much more pallid experience than this eminently juicy subject deserves.
Full Review | Original Score: C
June 22, 2018
The movie is well-crafted, but it doesn't have the fullness you'd expect in a movie with so much believe-it-or-not weirdness. It feels more like a nifty anecdote.
June 22, 2018
Boring is the last word you should use for a sports-hero-turned-spy story like this; it's the only one that comes to mind after you've seen the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 22, 2018
If it wasn't a true story, it would be ridiculous. But the problem with Ben Lewin's film isn't the plausibility of the storyline, it's the execution of the plot, which comes off like a stiff noir rather than a crackling thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Top Critic
June 21, 2018
We want a catcher, not a belly scratcher. And there's an abundance of belly scratching going on in this film.
June 21, 2018
The biggest adrenaline pump comes when Berg, stir-crazy after working at a desk during World War II, runs at full speed down a hallway. There's a shootout later on that gets less attention than that one short sprint.
June 21, 2018
Somehow, The Catcher Was A Spy is flavorless and unexciting, thanks to an execution as formulaic as a well-worn copy of The Joy Of Cooking.
Full Review | Original Score: C
June 21, 2018
"The Catcher Was a Spy" only ever penetrates the surface - of Berg's psyche, of heroism in the face of evil, of America's pastime - so that historical events ostensibly thrilling are rendered rote.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 21, 2018
Berg and Heisenberg conduct most of their dialogue, when they finally meet, in chess moves. And the movie tantalizingly leaves open the question of whether the game ended in a mate or a resignation.
June 21, 2018
Lewin has crafted a biopic spy thriller, kind of, but the script has neither the character shadings to be a biopic nor the pacing and twist and turns to be a spy thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 21, 2018
Missed opportunities are everywhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 21, 2018
The film proves to be oddly uninvolving.
June 20, 2018
Berg was an enigmatic and underappreciated Renaissance Man, and we leave the film not especially enlightened.
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 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 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.
January 31, 2018
A very enjoyable middle-of-the-road adventure, especially for moviegoers willing to see just about anything starring Rudd.
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.
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 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.