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Captain Phillips Synopsis
The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking of his cargo ship by Somali pirates.
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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...
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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...
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By Dan Jolin
Both Greengrass and Hanks are on award-deserving form in a riveting, emotionally complex and hugely intelligent dramatisation of a...
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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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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Captain Phillips is harrowing, inspiring, a must-see piece of moviemaking.
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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...
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
The most gripping based-on-fact film so far this year.
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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A Truly Amazing True Story

By MedRed
Captain Phillips is one of those rare movies where no attention to detail was spared. The story is straight forward, with minimal embellishments. Based on a true story, Captain Phillips brings to...

Captain Phillips, another winner for Tom Hanks

By cdwains
Really good movie, the end will keep you on the edge of your seat. The acting is top notch across the board. Not really a movie for kids do to violence.....

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By laura945
If you're prone to motion sickness, STAY AWAY FROM THIS FILM!! About 99% of the film was shot with hand-held cameras. I understand what the director was going for, but this was WAY too much. I...

Top-Notch Movie/Do NOT Pass This One By!!

By lellis424
My nerves were on edge throughout most of the movie despite the fact that I knew the outcome would be good for Captain Phillips. Tom Hanks was absolutely beyond exceptional--and particularly in the...

Navy Seals get all my taxes from now on!

By shug53
Tom Hanks is excellent in his role as the Captain of the Commercial ship, Alabama, that was hijacked by Somali pirates. Tense, exciting and well-acted by Hanks and the Somali actors (all from the...

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By hendrickserik
Even though you know the story and how it ends the movie maintains its suspenseful edge throughout thanks to uniformly brilliant acting by Hanks and his Somali supporting cast, led by Barkhad Abdi. ...

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By mmcmahon1757
I go to the movies every week and I thought Captain Phillips was one of the best edge of your seat movies of the year, even though I know how it ended. It had great chemistry between Tom Hanks and...

Tense until the final frame...

By thevinehouse
Very well done thriller about a real life event. Good script keeps you on the edge of your seat for the entire 2 1/2 hours. Excellent performances throughout. This is a must see!...

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By barbi95
A heart-pounding moving that truly captured the fear and anger of this event. I disregarded all other discussions regarding unhappy former participants and simply enjoyed the story. Kudos to...

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By sandysadams
I haven't enjoyed an action movie in years as much as this one - well written, photographed, acted, and TRUE. All of the actors did an excellent job - Hanks was mesmerizing as an ordinary man trying...

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Rated PG-13 | For sustained intense sequences of menace, some violence with bloody images, and for substance use
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Pause for kids 13 & under Nail-biting story of ship hijacking is fabulous but intense.
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