Generally favorable reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. 100
    Part of Spielberg's skill as a filmmaker comes in choosing the right collaborators. Janusz Kaminski's gorgeous cinematography, Michael Kahn's graceful editing, Jeff Nathanson's clever script, and John Williams' score all work well in unison, but the film's masterstroke is the casting of Walken as DiCaprio's utterly decent father.
  2. 100
    It's brilliantly acted. But best of all, it's brilliantly made.
  3. 91
    It's the most charming and buoyant film Spielberg's ever made.
  4. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    Never less than engaging; all that’s missing is a proper crescendo. The picture moves along briskly, even at two and a half hours, but it seems to be running on cruise control.
  5. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    Results in about the nicest movie you could ask for at the holidays: a gently funny, sweetly adventurous film that makes you feel genuinely good, that is to say, entirely unconned by false sentiment or sharp, overmanipulative Hollywood practices.
  6. 89
    Everything about this swift and gorgeous and tremendously enjoyable film is played out in a rush of staccato edits, crisp performances, and charmingly giddy subplots that coalesce into Spielberg's most purely entertaining movie in years.
  7. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Nothing if not a celebration of our willingness to be gulled by life's charming strangers.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 276 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 63 out of 73
  2. Negative: 5 out of 73
  1. Sep 4, 2014
    Catch Me If You Can is a breezy, light Spielberg film full o charm and great performances, especially DiCaprio and Walken. Hanks plays the slightly inept FBI agent, and the move closes with a surprisingly fulfilling ending. It is 140 minutes of entertainment, and maybe even some themes in there somewhere. Full Review »
  2. Feb 22, 2011
    This is easily the most underrated movie ever
  3. Sep 3, 2014
    A hugely underrated movie that has great acting and a fun story.
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