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: October 11, 2013
DVD 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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Russell Baillie
New Zealand Herald

If, at the beginning, Hanks seems suitably cast as yet another ordinary guy thrown into extraordinary circumstances, by the end, it's become an emotionally riveting performance.

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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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Sonny Bunch
Washington Free Beacon

A gripping action-thriller, one that hews closely to the events as they occurred, and offers a glimpse into the fight for survival endured by all parties to the crime.

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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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Forrest Cardamenis
The Film Stage

Captain Phillips may be a thinly scoped story with tried-and-true themes, but the acting turns it into a surprisingly captivating story of heroism.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Jens S.
The film's much discussed and likely inaccuracies aside, when it comes to the portrayal of real occurrences of recent history, it doesn't get much… 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
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