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: July 25, 2014
DVD Release Date: November 4, 2014
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Critic Score: 87% 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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Scott Marks
San Diego Reader

This is the sharpest, most reasonable tale of espionage and intrigue since John Boorman's Tailor of Panama.

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Brigit Grant
Daily Express (UK)

[There's] a brilliant and unnervingly timely exchange.

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Dana Stevens

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 Denby
New Yorker

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

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Tara Thorne
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

It drags on a little long, but you can't look away.

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Eric Kohn

"A Most Wanted Man" allows Hoffman to go out with not only one of his best performances, but one that epitomizes his strengths.

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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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Sonny Bunch
Washington Free Beacon

A Most Wanted Man is a rare feature: a relatively smart take on the war on terror that doesn't devolve into ideological score settling.

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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