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Based on 40 Reviews
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  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    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. show more

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Now, thanks to A Most Wanted Man, we discover that it's really boring - practically sleep-inducing - to be an international spy. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    While the tension is sometimes muted, this is more than a procedural round of spy games. The deliberately paced but riveting film is made all the better because of Hoffman's breathtakingly nuanced portrayal. show more

  • 40
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    I wish I could say that the film gives a great actor a worthy role, but the truth is otherwise. The character is banal — Günther lavishes attention on remarkably uninteresting spycraft — and Mr. Hoffman, like everyone else, is stuck with the glum tone set by the director, Anton Corbijn ("Control," "The American"). show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    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. show more

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Whether you call Anton Corbijn’s adaptation of John le Carré’s 2008 novel “deliberately paced” or “so slow I can feel my hair growing,” there’s no denying the power behind the central performance. show more

  • 70
    Todd McCarthy The Hollywood Reporter

    The story is a jigsaw puzzle in which all the pieces are of an indistinguishable gray, making fitting them together a tricky matter. show more

  • 80
    Alonso Duralde TheWrap

    Hoffman doesn't get a lot of flashy, awards-show-clip moments, but he's all the more engrossing for underplaying and revealing volumes with the slightest of reactions and inflections. show more

  • 83
    Kate Erbland

    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. show more

  • 100
    Richard Roeper Chicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • August 26, 2014 QueenMovies
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    This was about 2 hours of torture. Lots of pictures of Phillip Seymour Hoffman's now herion-addicted and unkempt body. I was horribly bored and had no character development or emotional connection. The only reason I think this has any rating at all, is like the emperor's new clothes, no one wants to admit this is terrible because its PSH. Just give it up already, the movie was awful.

  • August 22, 2014 dmi2777263
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    This film is a propaganda piece through and through. The opening text is a lie and the entire premise is based on falsehood. Hoffman's touted German accent is laced with American gestures and body language. It is sad that Hoffman's final film is disinformation and deception. I walked out disgusted during the first ten minutes. Rest in peace, Phil - I wish you're previous film were the last I spent $10 on instead of this one.

  • August 16, 2014 Carol Ostrowski St L
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    This has to be the most boring movie I have ever seen. It's been four hours since it ended and I'm still trying to figure out what is was suppose to be about. If I wouldn't have read the preview just now, I wouldn't have known the reason he was trying to get that man. And although this is Hoffmans last picture, and they say it was his best acting, it certainly is not worthy of any awards.

  • August 02, 2014 Richard Huggins
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    Tedious, way too long, 2 out of 10 at best. Just no hook .... judging from the total lack of any "buzz" at the end, I suspect most in the very packed theater were left wanting with this movie. waste of money in my opinion.

  • August 02, 2014 mikesmutt
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    for once a spy story I was able to follow, even with all the characters---it is slowly paced as many scenes could have been trimmed but nonetheless, a good story, excellent acting---I should have counted how many cigarettes PSH lit up during the movie---it was constant and he does look like death warmed over--- B grade

  • August 01, 2014 dukedewf
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    A most complex story line. Very difficult to follow. It starts nowhere and goes nowhere. I'm sure it was meant to play like a Bourne-style movie, but alas it does not. Sad that this was Hoffman's last movie.

  • July 31, 2014 asarnel
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    This is by far one of the worse movies I have ever seen! Hoffman remined of a washed out drunk who can stop smoking. I but you he was drinking real boos in the movie on top of that, he had ot be on drugs. The movie had no real story. Really, don't waste your money

  • July 29, 2014 lgjhere1
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    In converting the novel to the screen, lots of little insight details were dropped, making it hard to follow. The first hour was filled with splashes of characters being introduced, making it hard to connect the dots of just where it was going. The fake accents were distracting, especially Hoffman's that was sometimes mumbled and hard to understand. I was expecting more from the stellar cast and the possibilities of the story line, but the screen writing left much to be desired because of frugality of conversion from the novel.

  • July 28, 2014 GEORGE
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    The film was very involving. sometime you could see were it was going sometimes it caught by by surprise. Worth the price of admission.

  • July 26, 2014 lilliturf
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    Excellent movie, excellent cast!!! Hoffman is absolutely fantastic, he will be missed.

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