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Reviews: A Most Wanted Man (2014)

most_wanted_manReviews for this film from our members:

  • Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
  • [New – 5/21/15] | Dragan Antulov @ FAK [Croatian]
  • Chris Barsanti @ Film Racket
    • Excerpt: …elegant, sparse, and scrupulously acted but dramatically stunted
  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice
    • Excerpt: A poignant glimpse of the war on terror and the vulnerability of a burnt-out German intelligence operative.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: If at first [Hoffman’s] German accent seems unnatural, trust in the actor, whose low guttural enunciation exhibits an ear finely tuned to the idiosyncrasies of the language.
  • Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog
    • Excerpt: Few actors could embody that mix of ferociousness and world-weariness as well as Philip Seymour Hoffman does. He provides the tortured heart and messy humanity that is otherwise missing from Corbijn’s muted compositions and the story’s intricate plotting.
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: …Hoffman’s take on the jaded Bachmann could easily rival Oldman’s Oscar nominated performance in TINKER TAILOR… When Hoffman is on screen, his Bachmann eclipses anyone else, a considerable achievement given the movie’s formidable company of players.
  • Carlos del Río @ El rincón de Carlos del Río [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Con un poco más de emoción, sería una gran película.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The screenplay by Andrew Bovell (unsurprisingly, based on a novel by John le Carré) is not as concerned with matters of plot as it is with the mysteries of morality and justice playing out behind the scenes.
  • Marilyn Ferdinand @ Ferdy on Films
    • Excerpt: The late Philip Seymour Hoffman, playing an obese smoker and drinker, fits the mold of the intelligent outsider who blends into the background—the perfect guise for a spy. It is much to Hoffman’s credit that he manages to retain some of our sympathy while arousing a bit of our scorn.
  • Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: In the complex and captivating ‘A Most Wanted Man,’ a German intelligence agent heads a counter-terrorist investigation that embroils an uneducated illegal immigrant. This is Philip Seymour Hoffman’s final role as a leading man.
  • Vadym Grygoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: The final starring screen role of the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman and a fitting coda to a brilliant career.
  • Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation
  • Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: [Hoffman’s] engrossing turn as German spy Günther Bachmann in this adaptation of John le Carré’s A Most Wanted Man displays the kind of immersive character work that made Hoffman of one the best actors of his generation, if not the best.
  • Frank Ochieng @ Sound on Sight
    • Excerpt: Although sprinkled with cerebral-minded intrigue and conducts its atmospheric tension in methodical fashion A Most Wanted Man feels relentlessly sluggish in its execution to live up to its labored political-coated drama…a slow burn of a thriller that simply lingers without fortifying any convincing punch.
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: Ostensibly Philip Seymour Hoffman’s last movie, it’s to the late performer’s credit just how much nuance he brings to what is intended to be a rather stone-faced portrayal of an old-guard spook.
  • Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com
    • Excerpt: Nobody did rumpled like the late, lamented Philip Seymour Hoffman, who haunts this, his last movie, as German intelligence officer Günther Bachmann in John Le Carré’s Hamburg-set spy tale of honorable people working in a dishonorable world.
  • Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]
  • Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com
    • Excerpt: Anton Corbjin’s unconventional post-9/11 spy thriller (based on a 2008 John le Carré novel) remains an engaging experience despite numerous aspects that weigh it down.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A deliberately downbeat commentary on the ways of the post-9/11 era [in which] Philip Seymour Hoffman…gives a remarkable performance.
Updated: July 7, 2015 — 4:45 pm

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