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100

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
It falls to Hanks and his movie-star presence to anchor this ambitious enterprise, and he does some of his most impressive acting without saying a word.
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100

The Playlist

By Rodrigo Perez
It’s a breathlessly told movie; both meticulous and frenetic, sweat-soaked and methodical. It will take hold and won’t let you go, and it’s one of the most engaging movies of the year.
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100

Empire

By Dan Jolin
Both Greengrass and Hanks are on award-deserving form in a riveting, emotionally complex and hugely intelligent dramatisation of a real-life ordeal.
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100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
This is an intense and complicated story, and the film doesn't rush it. It lets it unfold and build, methodically.
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100

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Captain Phillips is harrowing, inspiring, a must-see piece of moviemaking.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Richard Roeper
Even as Greengrass’ signature kinetic style renders us nearly seasick and emotionally spent from the action, it’s the work of Tom Hanks that makes this film unforgettable.
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100

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
The most gripping based-on-fact film so far this year.
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88

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The climactic rescue by Navy SEALs is riveting. But it's Phillips' devastating after-the-fact shock that leaves the most haunting impression in this ambitious, taut and captivating thriller.
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88

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Captain Phillips works precisely because Hanks isn't a muscle-bound, gun-toting figure (nor does he turn into one during the course of the movie). Placed in an untenable position, he uses guile and intelligence instead of brawn and weapons to enhance his survival chances.
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70

Variety

By Scott Foundas
There is something too dry and austere about Greengrass and Ray’s telescoped vision, which touches only fleetingly on the pirates’ motives, the suffering of the Somali people and the collateral damage of global capitalism.
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83 out of 100
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