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
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

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
"Philip Seymour Hoffman brings the gravitas needed to add nuance to some conventional machinations."
‑ Simon Foster, FILMINK (Australia)
"A fitting showcase for Philip Seymour Hoffman's tousled talents ... and a sad epitaph of a title for one of Hollywood's most talented character actors."
‑ Jeff Meyers, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"An intelligent slow-burn thriller. Philip Seymour Hoffman knocks it out of the ballpark. Your patience will be rewarded. It wouldn't be surprising if he were nominated later this year for a posthumous Best Actor award."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"[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
"He [Philip Seymour Hoffman] is cast as a German intelligence operative and there are times when the precision of the accent combines with his husky baritone to bring his dialogue close to poetry."
‑ Sandra Hall, Sydney Morning Herald
"The drama is low-key, the theme of short term pain versus long term gain is intriguingly explored, it may not have the gung-ho action that some audiences demand but it is a solid well-made thriller."
‑ Margaret Pomeranz, At the Movies (Australia)
"Director Anton Corbijn has admirably captured the tenor and flavor of John le Carré's long, boring, wordy books by translating his 2008 novel into a long, boring, wordy movie worth seeing only to view McAdams cavort in the tightest jeans in movie history."
‑ Tony Medley, Tolucan Times
"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
"Every glance and line of dialogue pushes the scene forward, every scene pushes the story forward, and if your attention wanders, there's a good chance the ending will just pass you by."
‑ Anthony Morris, The Vine
"It wants to be more than it is, but it's still good and contains a strong performance from Philip Seymour Hoffman."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"It's a fun ride that also offers moments of profundity concerning the less than heroic way we fight the war on terror."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
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