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8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 315 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 6 out of 315
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  1. AndyS.
    Jan 7, 2003
    2
    Is it possible Spielberg still enjoys making movies? A decent craftsman with what must be a nearly perfect visual memory (watching one of his movies is like watching a seamlessly edited pastiche of fifteen other movies), he nevertheless has developed into a director whose subtle awfulness rivals the flamboyant awfulness of George Lucas. His current effort is like a bored vampire Is it possible Spielberg still enjoys making movies? A decent craftsman with what must be a nearly perfect visual memory (watching one of his movies is like watching a seamlessly edited pastiche of fifteen other movies), he nevertheless has developed into a director whose subtle awfulness rivals the flamboyant awfulness of George Lucas. His current effort is like a bored vampire indolently sucking the life from the typically workmanlike performance of Hanks, the typically unimaginative effort of DiCaprio, and even (eventually) the excellent work of Walken. A waste of what must have been a promising script. Expand
  2. LassiterP.
    Jan 2, 2003
    2
    Forgettable as soon as you leave the theater. Too long, boring and dragged out. Not one of Speilberg's better works. DiCaprio and Hanks are just okay. If not for the names associated with its making, "Catch Me..." would be a bomb. Rent it.
  3. ForresterT.
    Jan 4, 2003
    3
    Despite the great cast and director there is something missing. Just does not jell.
  4. JonA.
    Dec 29, 2002
    4
    What should have been a breezy delightful romp is ruined by Mr Spielberg's insistence to explain everything waaaaay too much. For instance, do we really need to know or care about the parents' breakup??? Way way way too long and overcomplicated for it's own good.
  5. IggyZ.
    Dec 31, 2002
    3
    Wanted to like CMIYC so much. The actors are among the best. SS is the best their is. Yet, despite this fact, the movie just does not seem to jell. LD's character is in need of psychological counseling from the beginning yet there is none. TH is very likeable but does act like an FBI agent. The movie is just too cluttered and long to make it fun and too involved in other areas to Wanted to like CMIYC so much. The actors are among the best. SS is the best their is. Yet, despite this fact, the movie just does not seem to jell. LD's character is in need of psychological counseling from the beginning yet there is none. TH is very likeable but does act like an FBI agent. The movie is just too cluttered and long to make it fun and too involved in other areas to make it an intimate look into why we do the things we do. A big disappointment. Expand
  6. AmberP.
    Dec 31, 2002
    2
    Went to see this after watching Gangs of NY. CMIYC compared to GONY comes up as weak tea. Too much wasted time on LD's parents and not enough delving into the early childhood that caused him to act as he did. TH is his usual wonderful self, but he also comes across as weak tea as an FBI agent. Very disappointing.
  7. J.RyanG.
    Jun 17, 2005
    4
    This film tries to be several things it is not: A comedy, a tragedy, an adventure, a mystery. When it actually becomes any of the above, it is only momentary, and by incidental contact. Not incidentally, as with most Spielberg films, we are obliged to make this film out to be something it never is, not even for a moment: Entertainment.
  8. AnishaD.
    Dec 26, 2002
    4
    Frank Jr. visited Frank Sr. waayyyy too many times in this movie that played like a broken record. Apart from being mildly amused at Christopher Walken's portrayal of a slightly slimy dad, this film was borrrrinnggg.
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. The movie could have used a further dose of the resonance Walken gives it, and a more intellectually adventurous director might have brought the theme close to home.
  2. Brilliant performances by DiCaprio as Frank Jr. and Christopher Walken as his fallen father - and an enjoyable one by Tom Hanks.
  3. 63
    Spielberg's inchoate attempts at cultural observation stretch the movie out and dilute the giddiness instead of adding a pleasurable spike. When the movie doesn't feel inflated, it feels soggy.