100

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
A really classic adventure yarn with one of Hollywood's great actors hitting one out of the ballpark. If you're seeing only one movie this season, this is the obvious choice.
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100

Baltimore Sun

By Chris Kaltenbach
It's a startling physical transformation, as Noland goes from flabby desk jockey to lean, mean fishing machine. But even more remarkable is the mental transformation Hanks effects.
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Hanks towers as a near naked, near biblical man. Zemeckis tells his story -- the screenplay is by William Broyles -- with a control magnificent in what isn't shown as much as in what is.
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
An adventure movie of extraordinary simplicity and power.
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88

USA Today

By Susan Wloszczyna
Just be glad that Hanks and Zemeckis toiled mightily to pull off at least two-thirds of a remarkable achievement.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Bold, ambitious -- and ambiguous.
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75

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
The film's most remarkable achievement, in this culture of clamor, simply may be its decision to keep the volume down, drawing us in as opposed to pummeling us, as most films do.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
The island phase of Hanks' performance is simply amazing.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Here is a strong and simple story surrounded by needless complications, and flawed by a last act that first disappoints us and then ends on a note of forced whimsy.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
It will bring joy in a way certainly not intended, as one of the most gloriously and unwittingly silly films ever devised by a major American filmmaker.
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73 out of 100
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