Bridge of Spies
Bridge of Spies (2015)

Tom Hanks stars as the American attorney tasked with negotiating the release of a U-2 spy plane pilot who was shot down over Russia at the height of the Cold War in this historical drama from DreamWorks Studios. Steven Spielberg and Mark E.… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: October 16, 2015
DVD Release Date: February 2, 2016
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Bridge of Spies finds new life in Hollywood's classic Cold War espionage thriller formula, thanks to reliably outstanding work from Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks.

Alison Willmore
BuzzFeed News

Bridge of Spies is a heart-on-its-sleeve affirmation of American values -- not in the loaded contemporary sense of the term, but in the way the country was founded on values we have to work and fight to abide by.

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Amy Nicholson
L.A. Weekly

Bridge of Spies connects Cold War paranoia to today's terror. That's a bridge worth building.

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tt stern-enzi
Cincinnati CityBeat

I would simply be remiss if I failed to point out the lowered stakes. The closest the film comes to acknowledging that anyone's life might truly be on the line is in the blankly understated face of Rylance's Abel.

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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News

Authentic re-creations of the period, including duck-and-cover clips about a nuclear holocaust that frightened young students, serve as a reminder of a time, not unlike our own, when the threat of terror kept a steady and disturbing beat.

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

When a film is as enjoyable as this one, its timing so sweet, and its atmosphere conjured with such skill, do you really wish to register a complaint? Would it help?

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Joanne Soh
The New Paper (Singapore)

On paper, this based-on-true-events drama reads like a bore. But under the skilful hands of director-producer Steven Spielberg working on a script by Matt Charman and the Coen brothers, this is one intriguing thriller.

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David Sims
The Atlantic

Spielberg and Charman frame Donovan as a thin bulwark against the American government's attempts to work around its own supposed ideals at the height of the Cold War.

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Kate Taylor
Globe and Mail

Rylance's performance is particularly interesting as he infuses Abel's dry understatements on his predicament with just the right dose of quiet irony.

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Dan Webster
Spokesman-Review (Washington)

Bridge of Spies is, as an example of mainstream entertainment, a beautiful achievement. For those of us who want a bit more authenticity, though, it's clear that even while portraying dark events, Steven Spielberg only rarely strays away from the light.

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Jim Hunter
An American lawyer goes to Cold War era Berlin to negotiate a hostage exchange. Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance, who surprisingly won Best Supporting Actor, lead… More
Christian C
"Bridge of Spies" is a very "nice" film. There's nothing challenging, controversial, exciting, illuminating or particularly inventive… More
Spencer S.
Steven Spielberg. Tom Hanks. Period piece. Sound familiar? I mean, it definitely is, but this film from the dynamic duo proves to be more than meets the eye.… More
Alice Shen
In one word: manufactured. I had already pegged this Spielberg/Hanks joint as "serious" and "uplifting," but what uplift it could manage… More
Nate Zoebl
An intriguing behind-the-scenes negotiation during a heightened period of danger, Bridge of Spies relies upon its history to do the heavy lifting and it's… More
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
An unremarkable film for a remarkable story. Nothing really impresses in this film, not the stilted acting, nor the unevenly toned screenplay. It's too… More