A Most Wanted Man
A Most Wanted Man (2014)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 4, 2014
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88%
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65%



Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Smart, subtle, and steadily absorbing, A Most Wanted Man proves once again that John le Carre books make for sharp, thoughtful thrillers.

Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Inquirer

Hoffman's an actor who could do just about anything, but being authentically German is not one of them.

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

Given the deadly stakes, this should be gripping, but the film gets sucked into academic plot details, trudging through each rendezvous and stakeout.

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Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit

Cobijn doesn't totally conquer le Carré's complicated plot

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Dana Stevens
Slate

One of the countless sad things about losing Hoffman is the realization that we'll never get to watch him single-handedly elevate an otherwise OK movie again.

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David Thomson
The New Republic

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.

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Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

Kudos to Hoffman in this good-enough le Carré spy tale

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David Denby
New Yorker

It was shot in dark, lurid, vital Hamburg; Hoffman is the star; and I was completely held.

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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register

[Hoffman] scales his performance to Olympian heights, yet he elevates all his collaborators, too.

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Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

The end result may look good but it never feels distinctive despite the wealth of talent involved in front of and behind the camera.

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Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Hoffman delivers a fantastic and underactedly visceral performance in his last completed movie, a suspenseful espionage thriller that grabs us and keeps us… More
Tony Gandía
The filmmaking lets the source material down. This should-have-been absorbing story is bogged down by some poor casting and directing choices. McAdams is… More
Christian C
Although slow and understated, A Most Wanted Man creates suspense with a new threat in a worn out world of bureaucracy and burn out. Hoffman and McAdams are… More
Dan Schultz
An intricately put-together and expertly acted spy thriller concerning a tortured immigrant (Grigoriy Dobrygin) who arrives on shore in Hamburg, and how both US… More
Christopher Heim
Philip Seymour Hoffman's swan song is a slow-burning yet always intriguing topical spy thriller that contains a true gut-punch of an ending.
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
When you are in the midst of it, A Most Wanted Man may feel slow and underwhelming. You may find yourself questioning where is it all going? Stay with it. This… More