A Most Wanted Man Synopsis
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.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Richard Roeper
A Most Wanted Man works as a crowd-pleaser and as a believable reflection of how these fictional events might well play out in the real...
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90

Village Voice

By Alan Scherstuhl
A Most Wanted Man is simply a complex tale superbly told, with time for nuance and to soak in its mysteries.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Every move Hoffman makes subtly rivets attention. There's the uncanny German accent, the boozing, the chain-smoking, the glances at his...
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
A Most Wanted Man's cast - a mix of Germans speaking English, Americans speaking English with German accents, Russians, and men and women...
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88

Movie Nation

By Roger Moore
Hoffman is merely the first among equals in a stellar cast.
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83

indieWIRE

By 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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83

Film.com

By Kate Erbland
While the final act might not surprise or stun, it does feature some classic le Carre movements, some trademark Corbijn ease, and a...
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80

Variety

By Justin Chang
Corbijn succeeds here in large part because his attention to nuance and detail so fully complements that of the German operatives at the...
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75

Entertainment Weekly

Crackles with a jigsaw-puzzle intelligence and features a superbly subtle lead performance from the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, who...
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
While the tension is sometimes muted, this is more than a procedural round of spy games. The deliberately paced but riveting film is made...
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Grand suspense

By saintez
I saw this movie at Sundance back in January. My review is not based on sentimentality because when I saw it PSH was still alive. If you are looking for action and guns maybe you should see a Marvel...

Starts strong, goes nowhere

By alexhollender
There's no questioning the potential this film had to be great - Philip Seymour Hoffman at the helm of a John Le Carre story. However the plot turns out to be unsuspectingly mundane, there is little...

Espionage at is finest Humanity in its unlikeliest of places

By GyrlGeekGasm
WOAH! What can I say? This is espionage on a whole other level. It delicately shows how the war on terror has wrought havoc on the espionage community as each nation is under a tremendous amount of...

A most wanted man

By pcelnik
Excellent........exciting, intelligent....above all plausible....

By Antilochus
A truly excellent movie....

It dragged on and on..

By mynafaiz
I couldn't wait for this movie to end. The story line was tedious and the ending was extremely disappointing. It keeps you thinking its going to build up and lead somewhere and it never does....

It's about time....

By IntenseJim
that we receive a quality screenplay, superb acting, and a film that doesn't rely on CGI or ludicrous hand to hand combat gunfights (10,000 rounds or kicks are spent and only 3 connect with their...

Surprisingly awful!

By lovehometheater
The movie had a good chance in becoming a best picture however it seemed to drag and drag... if it wasn't for Seymour Hoffman's performance this move is a complete 1 star!...

By sjfleming
Suspense thriller. PSH is terrific in this role. There are several twists to keep your attention throughout. No nudity, explosions or extreme amounts of language needed to keep this moving. Well...

By alecm1
Excellent film, great acting, gripping start to finish...

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Rated R | For Language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 16+ Philip Seymour Hoffman great in moody, smart spy drama.
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