The Courier Reviews

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March 20, 2021
A sturdy cast and a story that may be unfamiliar to many viewers help sustain interest but The Courier never seems more than a minor addition to the big-screen espionage canon.
March 19, 2021
"The Courier" is an understated, workmanlike spy thriller.
March 19, 2021
It is not a good sign when a film keeps evoking superior examples of its genre. And a worse sign still when the genre itself seems more remote from current concerns than it deserves to be. Such is the case with The Courier.
March 19, 2021
[Benedict Cumberbatch] brings a whole lot of understated star power to a movie that otherwise benefits from how tightly constructed it is, without a lot of fat on its bones or embroidery around its edges.
March 19, 2021
Benedict Cumberbatch and Merab Ninidze eloquently convey the complicated, historical tale of espionage that ultimately prevent nuclear war. Great directing from Dominic Cooke and cinematography from Sean Bobbit
March 19, 2021
The Courier has moments of spy intrigue and political theater, but feels like a play in its execution. Benedict Cumberbatch is superb as a man torn between his family and civic duty.
March 19, 2021
Cumberbatch returns to fine BBC period form with only a belated scenery chewing outburst. Despite this, and a fleet of disastrous wigs, this is still a heroic story of an ordinary citizen who took extraordinary risks.
March 19, 2021
Because Cumberbatch is good playing experts, it's easy to imagine him handling danger with 007's finesse. For this film, however, awkward bumbling can be just as involving and heroic.
March 19, 2021
It's packed with tension, nuance, and powerful supporting performances that elevate it well above just your run-of-the-mill spy drama.
March 19, 2021
Important considerations are brought to the forefront that highlight the struggle over duty to country and the importance of family
March 19, 2021
Like its title, The Courier is an unprepossessing Cold War thriller that, despite an OK turn from leading man Benedict Cumberbatch and a based-on-fact birthright, never works up a full head of steam.
March 19, 2021
Benedict Cumberbatch's turn in The Courier is a particularly fascinating one, if not simply because of its effectiveness in showcasing a key depth in the star's talent.
March 19, 2021
Patriotism and heroism inform every frame of The Courier , a film that comes at a time when those terms have become perilously cheap, too often confused with selfishness and chest beating.
March 19, 2021
"The Courier" resonates today with its finely tuned, thrilling story.
March 19, 2021
Cumberbatch has had a lot of success playing larger than life roles like Doctor Strange and Sherlock Holmes, but Wynne is one of his finest recent performances because he plays him as so resolutely life-size.
March 19, 2021
Benedict Cumberbatch smartly returns to espionage mode as an everyman hero who actually helped keep the infamous Cuban Missile Crisis from turning even scarier. Who knew?
March 19, 2021
It's one of the most remarkable espionage stories of the 20th century, but The Courier wisely presents it as a tale of personal loyalty instead of geopolitics or spycraft.
March 19, 2021
The Courier struggles not because of the performances - Cumberbatch feels born to play this part - but because it brings nothing new to the genre.
March 19, 2021
It's unlikely that people will remember this film for next year's awards season, but really they should.
March 19, 2021
What stands out about The Courier is its story is more about relationships than spycraft.
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