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%

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"It was shot in dark, lurid, vital Hamburg; Hoffman is the star; and I was completely held."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"[Hoffman] scales his performance to Olympian heights, yet he elevates all his collaborators, too."
‑ Michael Sragow, Orange County Register
"Doesn't do too much wrong, yet struggles with the weight of expectation."
‑ Matt Glasby, Flicks.co.nz
"Superbly plays out as a backstreet atmospheric subtle topical cat-and-mouse espionage game."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A Most Wanted Man's a fine swan song for an actor who could do more with a look and exasperated outburst that many of his contemporaries."
‑ Ed Whitfield, The Ooh Tray
"Given the deadly stakes, this should be gripping, but the film gets sucked into academic plot details, trudging through each rendezvous and stakeout."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"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
"Um thriller de espionagem feito por e para adultos."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Photographer-turned-filmmaker Anton Corbijn continues to show striking maturity with only his third movie (after Control and The American). Based on the John Le Carre novel, this thriller avoids cliches to become a brilliantly tense spy drama."
‑ Rich Cline, Contactmusic.com
"Moody intrigue is the tone of this slow burning espionage thriller from John Le Carre in which Phillip Seymour Hoffman's solid presence as a scotch-drinking, chain-smoking, crumpled German operative leaves an indelible mark."
‑ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
"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
"Hoffman's performance is filled with exasperation at a world that refuses to see things the way he does, and he gives profound voice to this commonality amongst us all."
‑ Eric Melin, Scene-Stealers.com
"The air of paranoid mistrust rings true, evoked most eloquently by Hoffman's world-weary face, which speaks a universal language."
‑ Mark Kermode, Observer [UK]
"There is no real sense of urgency here. Anton Corbijn's chilly, detached directorial style doesn't help."
‑ Geoffrey Macnab, Independent
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