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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
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: 28 out of 34
  2. Negative: 4 out of 34
  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. Aug 6, 2014
    9
    A wonderful, intelligent movie - not the dumb shoot-up, blow-up, kill-all flick of today. Thank God for it. Almost better than the book. GreatA wonderful, intelligent movie - not the dumb shoot-up, blow-up, kill-all flick of today. Thank God for it. Almost better than the book. Great acting, directing and cutting. A MUST SEE, if you like some food for your brain. The only bothersome point for me was how my old hometown Hamburg was portrayed... dirty, dreary and covered in so much graffiti that one, who doesn't know it any better, has to wonder what kind of "dump" this actually most beautiful, greenest, classiest and livable of all German cities is. Yes, graffiti is a problem here... but not to the extent presented in the movie with not an inch of a wall, house entrance and staircase visible without some scribble on it. Expand
  3. Nov 23, 2014
    8
    A Most Wanted Man was better than I thought it would been. It's very sophisticated, which makes the movie good, and with Hoffman starring, itA Most Wanted Man was better than I thought it would been. It's very sophisticated, which makes the movie good, and with Hoffman starring, it was very good. Expand
  4. Jul 27, 2014
    8
    "A Most Wanted Man" stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright and Willem Dafoe in this intense spy thriller based on the"A Most Wanted Man" stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright and Willem Dafoe in this intense spy thriller based on the novel by John LeCarre. The screenplay was written by Andrew Bovell, directed by Anton Corbijn and remains true to Mr. LeCarre’s literary work. Knowing that this was Mr. Hoffman’s last film makes the viewing bitter sweet for one watches this great actor perform as only he can and yet with the knowledge that we will never see him in anything new again.
    The length of the film, over 2 hours, should not be a deterrent for every scene is valuable and necessary as good editing helps the viewer watch and understand this otherwise complicated plot. The film geta and deserves an 8.5
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  5. Aug 8, 2014
    7
    Totally contemporary, A MOST WANTED MAN feels like a brooding and sad remnant from the cold war. But no. This is today. A MOST WANTED MANTotally contemporary, A MOST WANTED MAN feels like a brooding and sad remnant from the cold war. But no. This is today. A MOST WANTED MAN portrays a world in which good/evil and right/wrong are lost. All is pointless, empty, banal but then, why fight so hard to save the world when in fact no one cares. A MOST WANTED MAN is a poignant and sad statement of our time. Expand
  6. Sep 20, 2014
    6
    Very slow and the ending is unconvincing. Ending is really framed on the basis that the Western intelligence services are not onlyVery slow and the ending is unconvincing. Ending is really framed on the basis that the Western intelligence services are not only incompetent and lazy (which may well be right), but venal and vicious. However, Phillip Seymour Hoffman is - as - always a delight. Expand
  7. Sep 18, 2014
    0
    Absolutely awful film, the worst I have ever seen. Almost everyone at the showing left the cinema before the end of the film. Extremely slowAbsolutely awful film, the worst I have ever seen. Almost everyone at the showing left the cinema before the end of the film. Extremely slow and boring. Expand

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