A Most Wanted Man

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 142 Ratings

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  • Summary: When a half-Chechen, half-Russian immigrant turns up in Hamburg's Islamic community, laying claim to his father's ill-gotten fortune, both German and US security agencies take a close interest: as the clock ticks down and the stakes rise, the race is on to establish this most wanted man'sWhen a half-Chechen, half-Russian immigrant turns up in Hamburg's Islamic community, laying claim to his father's ill-gotten fortune, both German and US security agencies take a close interest: as the clock ticks down and the stakes rise, the race is on to establish this most wanted man's true identity - oppressed victim or destruction-bent extremist? Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 42
  2. Negative: 0 out of 42
  1. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Jul 24, 2014
    100
    [A] crackerjack thriller, at once brooding, claustrophobic and unbearably tense.
  2. Reviewed by: Calvin Wilson
    Jul 24, 2014
    88
    The rare film that will remain on your mind long after you’ve left the theater.
  3. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Jul 24, 2014
    83
    Corbijn keeps the intrigue uncluttered, guided by Andrew Bovell's economical adapted screenplay.
  4. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Jul 24, 2014
    75
    Like most of le Carré’s novel, A Most Wanted Man has a veracity most spy thrillers lack, and the suspense is of the intellectual, not visceral, kind.
  5. 70
    What’s on display here is a great actor at his absolute peak — damn it all.
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Jul 25, 2014
    63
    Corbijn keeps the action of A Most Wanted Man at arms length or greater, never finding the heart of the piece despite mostly solid performances and strong production values.
  7. Reviewed by: Trevor Johnston
    Jul 22, 2014
    40
    Disappointing plod of an espionage thriller.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 43
  2. Negative: 4 out of 43
  1. Jul 27, 2014
    10
    Hits on all cylinders. Acting, directing, cinematography, writing. Dimensional characters, tautly acted, against a great story. You can tellHits on all cylinders. Acting, directing, cinematography, writing. Dimensional characters, tautly acted, against a great story. You can tell there was craft in the directing and cinematography, but it doesn't call attention to itself, rather choosing to serve storytelling. Expand
  2. Jul 27, 2014
    9
    What held my attention during this film was the utterly compelling and completely believable performance of Phillip Seymour Hoffman – and IWhat held my attention during this film was the utterly compelling and completely believable performance of Phillip Seymour Hoffman – and I generally have fallen asleep in the middle of recent Le Carre adaptations. Certainly the film simplifies what I am sure was an even more complex story than in the original book, but I thought the direction was stylish and kept things interesting and moving along. I also thought the entire cast gave fine performances. The audience was silent and for once I didn’t have anybody crawling over me to get a popcorn refill, but then the people around me looked like readers (a smallish theater in a megaplex was almost full). For once, a Le Carre adaptation I thoroughly enjoyed. Expand
  3. Jul 29, 2014
    8
    A wonderful, understated movie and a great performance by Philip Seymour Hoffman. I wondered why they would have put him in a role where heA wonderful, understated movie and a great performance by Philip Seymour Hoffman. I wondered why they would have put him in a role where he was supposed to be German but he carried off well.

    Not a Bond movie full of ridiculous stunts and explosions but a Le Carre movie full of what real spy work looks like presumably. If you are hoping for a lot of action and sex, this is not the movie for you.

    A fitting final role for one of the best actors in recent memory.
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  4. Aug 6, 2014
    7
    Based on a John le Carré espionage novel of the same name, A Most Wanted Man follows a German intelligence officer in Hamburg as he attemptsBased on a John le Carré espionage novel of the same name, A Most Wanted Man follows a German intelligence officer in Hamburg as he attempts to prevent terrorists from attacking his city. The plot is woven with many unexpected turns and relies on realism to distinguish itself from its counterparts. This focus on realism is a refreshing change from the normal thriller template, but it in turn has its own set of drawbacks.

    The foremost of them being pacing. The film drags on at a brutal pace. Although it attempts to create slow burning tension the result accumulates to a very slow two acts. To further enunciate the pacing problem, A Most Wanted Man never feels like if failure does come much would be lost. Various scenes attempt to create feelings of tension but these are mitigated by lack of a consequence for failure. Simply put, very little seems to be on the line.

    A Most Wanted Man also has a slew of redeeming qualities. Take the late Philip Seymour Hoffman’s performance for example. His chain smoking, German accented portrayal of the fictional Günther Bachmann is both engaging and undeniably cold. His performance exemplifies true emotion and is one of the best in his outstanding career. The direction is also very polished and stylistic; and the score greatly complements the somber tone of the film.

    Although Its focus on realism slows down the pace; this gives it time to propel the emotions of its lead characters. A Most Wanted Man excels through its poor pacing to become a worthy entry in the thriller genre.
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  5. Sep 29, 2014
    7
    I am a big fan of the books by John le Carre. Having read the book going into this movie it was interesting, knowing a large part of what wasI am a big fan of the books by John le Carre. Having read the book going into this movie it was interesting, knowing a large part of what was going on to watch it all play out. The person I was with had not read the book. They got lost. And its easy to understand why. A lot of films these days spoon feed major plot points and throw in a reminder every 2 minutes anyway. Not this movie. However they could have done a better job adding context to key things. Like why the banker goes out on a limb for Issa. Or why the protagonists boss/competitors choose to burn him at the end. All it would take is a 30 second "news clip." These were things I would not have been able to follow if I hadn't read the book. The cinematography also had a style that is a bit sloppy. Often I found myself looking for something of meaning in the background which the camera spent so much time dwelling on. Mostly there was none to be had.
    Philip Seymour Hoffman gives an excellent performance. He looks awful. You can tell his real life drug issues are taking their toll. But it completely suits the character.
    Willem Dafoe gives an unusually nice and likable performance.
    All in all its a good movie that could have been a great movie. I place that clearly on the director. Though they gave it their best shot.
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  6. Oct 28, 2014
    6
    Good but not that good ,

    It's a 90's kind of movies when people have no problem wasting time watching 2 hours movie but these days things
    Good but not that good ,

    It's a 90's kind of movies when people have no problem wasting time watching 2 hours movie but these days things are getting pretty fast
    so its better to represent your story in a decent limited time .

    When the story is short it is unlikely to force the movie to be that long stuffed with unnecessary scenes 122 min is way too much I felt board more than once 90 min for that kind of story is more than enough adding some more thrill and
    soundtracks effects suspense to attract the audience .

    I thing the director could've make more out of it but after I checked
    the kind of movies he did I'm no longer wondering why ... With all due
    respect but you'll know what I mean after watching the movie .

    Thanks
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  7. Jul 25, 2014
    0
    Perhaps I'm a bit harsh with this rating, but it's to warn away folks from seeing this

    On a scale of up to 4 stars, I'd probably give it
    Perhaps I'm a bit harsh with this rating, but it's to warn away folks from seeing this

    On a scale of up to 4 stars, I'd probably give it 1.5 stars or so due to the good acting and occasionally clever story

    There is virtually no action (except for a foot chase, Philip Seymour Hoffman playing the piano, a document signing, and a fender bender), no character development, very little detail such as to explain the motivations and any backstory for any of the characters.

    I regret seeing this.

    If you liked Tinker Tailor Solider Spy, you probably would like this since both films are completely devoid of substance and excitement (though this movie isn't quite as terrible as Tinker Tailor).

    I don't think I will ever read John le Carré book or see a movie based on one ever again.

    I recommend only those who like John le Carré and also liked Tinker to see this one, otherwise I'd avoid at all costs
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