A Most Wanted Man
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When a half-Chechen, half-Russian, brutally tortured immigrant turns up in Hamburg's Islamic community, laying claim to his father's ill-gotten fortune, both German and US security agencies take a close interest: as the clock ticks down and the stakes rise, the race is on to establish this most wanted man's true identity - oppressed victim or destruction-bent extremist? (c) Roadside Attractions

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The puzzle-like premise of A Most Wanted Man is a fabrication, but you cannot escape the fascination of Hoffman waiting for despair to be confirmed."
‑ David Thomson, The New Republic
"With his sharp instincts and exhausted wisdom, the character of Gunther offers us a bittersweet reminder of Hoffman's gifts in what is his last completed film."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"A Most Wanted Man is primarily a showpiece for Hoffman, who turns in the most controlled performance in his often-overwrought career."
‑ Mal Vincent, The Virginian-Pilot
"Will hold us until the next le Carré rolls out."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Hoffman hasn't a lot to say in A Most Wanted Man but with his curt asides and air of casual authority he's always a commanding presence."
‑ Evan Williams, The Australian
"[Hoffman] scales his performance to Olympian heights, yet he elevates all his collaborators, too."
‑ Michael Sragow, Orange County Register
""One of the best spy thrillers in recent years.""
‑ Richard Roeper, Richard Roeper.com
"Directed beautifully, Hoffman seems to have the whole film under lock and key, but pads around cagily, watchfully, as if prowling the perimeter to stop an imminent burglary."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"This is a fantastic film ... Corbijn dispatches each scene like a maestro snooker player sinking balls, with power, style, and, most importantly, absolute precision. See it on the big screen."
‑ CJ Johnson, ABC Radio (Australia)
"This slow-burning film about surveillance asks moral questions regarding how long we must contain our racial and prejudicial impulses before acting on our suspicions."
‑ Damien Straker, Impulse Gamer
"Hoffman, bloated and flushed, does not look well in this film. But he is such a consummate actor that whatever infirmities he may have been fighting become a part of his performance."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"A Most Wanted Man doesn't snap into focus until the last 15 of its 121 minutes. But until then, director Anton Corbijn serves up plenty of good, foggy, rainy ambiguity."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture
"The immensely slow-building tension of the piece grows irresistibly suffocating."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"The all-time great actor has given audiences one last parting gift: The chance to experience a performance unlike any he'd ever given; to see him again, anew."
‑ Robert Levin, amNewYork
"It's difficult to separate A Most Wanted Man from its central performance, to watch the film without seeing it as an affirmation of Hoffman's singular gifts, of his ability to create a fragile yet powerful character caught between dedication and despair."
‑ Philippa Hawker, Sydney Morning Herald
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