Captain Phillips
Captain Phillips (2013)

Captain Phillips is a multi-layered examination of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates. It is - through director Paul Greengrass's distinctive lens - simultaneously a pulse-pounding… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 21, 2014
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Smart, powerfully acted, and incredibly intense, Captain Phillips offers filmgoers a Hollywood biopic done right -- and offers Tom Hanks a showcase for yet another brilliant performance.

Wesley Morris

Over and over in this movie we hear variations on the phrase "everything's going to be OK." It's just impossible to head out of the theater and back into the wider world believing that's actually true.

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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic

Whether or not you find it an inadvertent parable of the political moment (I do), Captain Phillips is a terrific film.

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook

But once the pirates are aboard the Maersk Alabama, any semblance of nuance is out the window and into the sea.

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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

We're in the steady hands of Paul Greengrass, a director fully aware that convincing crisis stories involve conflicting interests and passions.

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Richard Roeper

It's the work of Tom Hanks that makes this film unforgettable.

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Sean Burns
The Improper Bostonian

This film sticks in your gut.

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Christy Lemire

The entire performance is one of the greatest in Hanks' prolific, varied career - a role that gives him a massive arc and the opportunity to show great range.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

This is acting of the highest order in a movie that raises the bar on what a true-life action thriller can do.

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Clayton Davis

Bring your defibrillator and a bottle of Xanex to make it through the picture as your heart will be beating outside of your chest.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhăes
Greengrass proves once again that he can build apprehension and sustain it like few can, even when we have a good idea of where the plot is heading, and… More
Daniel Perry
Believable, straight-ahead, plausible dramatization of the real-life piracy story it's based on; sheer entertainment, but not mindless, with good dynamics… More
jay nixon
Powerful and intense with excellent acting from all especially Tom Hanks, perhaps the best he's ever been.
Jim Hunter
A cargo ship captain must preserve his and his crew's lives after their ship is hijacked by Somali pirates. For most of this film, it is a solid,… More
Sanjaya 丘耀文
A remarkable performance from Tom Hanks in his middle age since we missed him from his movies from the 90's, too bad the academy didn't appreciate him… More
Christian C
A thrilling movie with themes of heroism, humanity and survival. Fantastic performances all around -- but I gotta say, I love Tom Hanks. Brilliant.