Cast Away
Cast Away (2000)

An exploration of human survival and the ability of fate to alter even the tidiest of lives with one major event, Cast Away tells the story of Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks), a Federal Express engineer who devotes most of his life to his… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 22, 2000
DVD Release Date: June 12, 2001
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Flawed but fascinating, Cast Away offers an intelligent script, some of Robert Zemeckis' most mature directing, and a showcase performance from Tom Hanks.

Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Though Hanks comes across as blandly as ever, at least his solid performance shows he's up to carrying half a movie on his own, and Zemeckis' direction is at first as busily efficient as the protagonist.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Hanks conducts a master class in acting by showing a man losing his sense of himself in fractional gradations.

John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

one-man show

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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

Hanks's Everyman quality has never been more aptly utilized: He's the perfect stand-in for all of us who never made it to Eagle Scout.

Peter Howell
Toronto Star

The scenes of Hanks' complete isolation on the island, where barely a sound is heard for minutes at a time, are the best thing about Cast Away.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Tom Hanks' powerful, brutal and mature story.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Cast Away isn't the first to recognize our modern need for primal tales, but it is among the most accomplished. It plugs straight into our unplugged fantasies.

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Susan Stark
Detroit News

Cast Away amounts to little more than an unprecedented showcase for its star.

Nick Rogers

As melancholy as it is affirming, "Cast Away" tells a darkly comic, occasionally punishing parable about what happens when humans lose sight of humility in life's grand scheme - an interesting thematic twin to Tom Hanks' own "Joe vs. the Volcano."

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
So Tom Hanks plays a real go-getter who gets stuck on a desert island. Okay. Then what? Well the opening sequences are good, as he learns to feed himself, to… More
'Cast Away'. Tragedy and euphoria on the smallest and biggest of scales. It's all relative when you're alone for an age on an island! Tom… More
Graham Jones
Hanks is Zemeckis' Jimmy Stewart.
Scott Green
Probably one of the best disaster emotional films ever. A classic game of survival that is played absolutely perfectly.
Lucas Martins
The best island story I had saw since the french tv movies Robinson Crusoe with Pierre Richard
Joshua Wilburn
WILSON!!!! WILSON!!!!!!!