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A Most Wanted Man Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    74

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Richard Roeper

    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.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    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").

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

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

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    Crackles with a jigsaw-puzzle intelligence and features a superbly subtle lead performance from the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, who single-handedly gooses the post-9/11 procedural through some of its slower patches.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    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.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Variety Justin Chang

    Corbijn succeeds here in large part because his attention to nuance and detail so fully complements that of the German operatives at the story’s core.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    Village Voice Alan Scherstuhl

    A Most Wanted Man is simply a complex tale superbly told, with time for nuance and to soak in its mysteries.

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