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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.