Generally favorable reviews - based on 42 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 42
  2. Negative: 0 out of 42
  1. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Jul 24, 2014
    [A] crackerjack thriller, at once brooding, claustrophobic and unbearably tense.
  2. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Jul 24, 2014
    A Most Wanted Man works as a crowd-pleaser and as a believable reflection of how these fictional events might well play out in the real world.
  3. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Jul 24, 2014
    Although the cast is uniformly fine, Hoffman shines in a role that demands not showmanship, but a kind of complexity and contradiction that can be rendered only through the kind of dull character details that he excelled in, accumulating them from the inside out.
  4. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Jul 22, 2014
    A Most Wanted Man is simply a complex tale superbly told, with time for nuance and to soak in its mysteries.
  5. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Jul 25, 2014
    A Most Wanted Man's cast - a mix of Germans speaking English, Americans speaking English with German accents, Russians, and men and women from the Middle East - is uniformly stellar.
  6. Reviewed by: Calvin Wilson
    Jul 24, 2014
    The rare film that will remain on your mind long after you’ve left the theater.
  7. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Jul 24, 2014
    The great pleasure of le Carré-land — for some, it’s the frustration — is that one’s own moral certainties are quickly stood on their head.
  8. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Jul 24, 2014
    Every move Hoffman makes subtly rivets attention. There's the uncanny German accent, the boozing, the chain-smoking, the glances at his assistant (Nina Hoss), the secret life he keeps hidden and the betrayals even Günther can't see coming. Hoffman is simply magnificent. Face it. We won't see his like again.
  9. 88
    Hoffman is merely the first among equals in a stellar cast.
  10. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Jul 25, 2014
    As usual in Le Carre's world (and the real one), a measured, rational approach faces an uphill battle against the philistines who really run the show. That predictably weary attitude is both the best — as embodied in Hoffman's performance — and worst — in its weary predictability — things about A Most Wanted Man.
  11. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Jul 24, 2014
    Corbijn keeps the intrigue uncluttered, guided by Andrew Bovell's economical adapted screenplay.
  12. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Jul 23, 2014
    A Most Wanted Man allows Hoffman to go out with not only one of his best performances, but one that epitomizes his strengths.
  13. Reviewed by: Kate Erbland
    Jan 20, 2014
    While the final act might not surprise or stun, it does feature some classic le Carre movements, some trademark Corbijn ease, and a terrifying Hoffman bellowing at the sky – not so bad for just another spy film.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 57 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 24
  2. Negative: 2 out of 24
  1. Aug 6, 2014
    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. 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. Full Review »
  2. Aug 24, 2014
    Overall, A Most Wanted Man was satisfying as all hell. Like I said above, we rarely get spy thriller movies like this anymore and this one definitely filled the big empty hole for this type of movie in my life. It was interesting, exciting, intense, and the perfect amount of thrill to make a money spy movie. But going back to it all, Philip Seymour Hoffman delivered as he usually does, almost bringing a tear to your eye as we now know that he leaves us with one his best performances ever. Full Review »
  3. Aug 17, 2014
    This is one of the best spy movies I have ever seen.
    No crazy conspiracy theories, no incredible coincidences, no shootings. it is not a
    James Bond kind of a movie. Just routine work of a German intelligence officer with its ups and downs. But even though it seems slow, its grip on audience becomes tighter. Incredible performance of leading actors, notably of late Philip Seymour Hoffman. What a great actor we lost recently!

    The only thing which I found somewhat annoying was that music was over-dramatic where it did not have to be.

    Otherwise, close to a perfect movie.
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