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.

Claudia Puig
The Asahi Shimbun GLOBE (Japan)

Director Steven Spielberg gives audiences a meticulously composed espionage thriller, which establishes a tense atmosphere from the start and keeps the viewer engaged throughout. [Full review in Japanese]

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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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Uri Klein

Several things save Bridge of Spies from becoming too ideologically tacky, such as the skillful mainstream filmmaking. But the movie's biggest saving grace is the relationship that forms between Donovan and Abel.

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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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Robert Kojder
Flickering Myth

Relevant political subtext is undoubtedly the most interesting aspect the film has going for it next to the unexpected deadpan comedy

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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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Courtney Howard
Fresh Fiction

The film doesn't quite do its real-life hero justice, but there are a few remarkable things to come out of it.

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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