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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Critic Score: 91% 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.

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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Richard Haridy

A Most Wanted Man concludes on a bleakly prescient note, not only in offering an extraordinarily trenchant critique of American foreign policy but also as a moody send off to Hoffman himself.

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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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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

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.

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Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show

A Most Wanted Man is a mercurial puzzle; it's espionage done right from the right source material.

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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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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

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.

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Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

With casting like this, I'd rather see the movie than read the book. At least in the case of one spy novelist.

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
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.
Carlos Magalhães
Hoffman delivers a most perfect, underactedly visceral performance in his last completed movie, this 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
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
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
Mark Hobin
There are no good guys in A Most Wanted Man. There are decent people, yes, but they're caught up in a maze of moral ambiguities that can compromise their… More