Bridge of Spies
$ 165 Million
An ode to holding fast to moral principles, geopolitics be damned, becomes a hurrah for old fashioned big screen storytelling.
This careful approach easily could have been sexed up into more of a traditional spy thriller, but instead Spielberg chose to walk a delicate thematic ..
Is it worth saying again that I miss Hanks the impudent comedian and wish he werent so often the standard bearer for American decency
For the most part, Spielberg appears content to allow the story (admittedly, a tad bit long) to do the talking, though he goes badly off track in the ..
A crackling Cold War espionage thriller that thrums with suspense and fleet precision.
But ultimately one of the most compelling things about Bridge of Spies is that it truly feels of a different time, devoid of the usual pointed emotion ..
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That Tom Hanks has been taking a great interest in past global conflagrations, be it his series The Pacific or Saving Private Ryan and Band of Brother ..
These shots may be beautiful, but they distract from the storytelling rather than adding to it.
But in the end, Bridge of Spies never locates its story, compelling civil liberties argument or not.
It also manages to make a modern hero out of an insurance lawyer.
Hanks gives a very satisfying, watchable and assured performance, with just the right amount of hokum, homely and wile in judiciously balanced proport ..
More so than most biopics, Bridge of Spies feels episodic and cursory, without ever probing deep enough or holding its focus long enough.
Rife with Donovans plainspoken moral authority, Bridge of Spies is a good movie that suffers from a lack of anxiety about its convictions.Spielberg co ..
The story of Bridge of Spies can be talked about in a number of ways, as a story about espionage or the Cold War, but at its heart its a character por ..
Hankss aw shucks charm could easily curdle into smugness here, but Spielberg keeps the self righteousness to a minimum.
A HBO mini series might have served its complexities better, but Spielberg, a film man to his bones, keeps the mood deliberately old fashioned.
There are moments of pure genius, and scenes that miss their mark. The end result is a fine film, but not a major achievement.
Its a movie intent on defending American values in an America where those values have been so corroded as to be practically nonexistent.
But in Bridge of Spies, working out the next move is the game, and its one that Spielberg plays with muscular self assurance and style.
Gifts of civility small and large mark Steven Spielbergs latest film, a deeply satisfying Cold War spy thriller that feels more subdued than usual for ..
A more tightly focused screenplay might have resulted in a leaner, more riveting motion picture.
The eclectic filmmaker has made scores of films since with many earning the blockbuster moniker.
The eclectic filmmaker has made scores of films since with many earning the blockbuster moniker.
Bridge of Spies is slick, and its well done.And yet, for all the movies canny Hanks Spielberg professionalism, you sometimes feel this Hollywood power ..
But without doubt, the biggest reason to see Bridge of Spies based on true Eisenhower era events is Mark Rylance, the British actor of TVs Wolf Hall a ..
Everyone deserves a chance, and Spielberg urges us to not rush judgement in the heat of the moment albeit through a long, daunting narrative.
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While the rousing tale of espionage has plenty of appealingly old fashioned qualities, theres no doubting Spielbergs ability to devise visually arrest ..
Spielberg has never been a subtle director but the Cold War was not a subtle time at least not in terms of its competing ideologies.
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Of all of the meaty performances in this Spielberg smorgasbord, Rylance is the one to really savor.
A feel good Cold War melodrama, Bridge of Spies is an absorbing true life espionage tale very smoothly handled by old pros who know what theyre doing.
This made me sleepy. So did Lincoln. I want less historical drama from Spielberg and more sharks and dinosaurs.
T op notch feel good conventional spy thriller..Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz Steven Spielberg (Lincoln/Saving Private Ryan/War Horse) superbly helms th ..
But in attempting to craft a film meant to appeal to a wider audience, Spielberg has emerged with one of his most uneven movies to date.
As good as Hanks is in this film, Rylance is even better.He plays a character of keen intelligence, honor and dry humor.
For another, this newly minted negotiator, with the CIA and two sovereign nations leaning on him, turns out to be very much his own person, determined ..
I wished Bridge of Spies was brilliant, but its undeniably polished, well acted and a solid piece of cold war era based entertainment.
It dominates the film because it comes as such a surprise after the overwhelming sincerity of the first act.
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In the solidly entertaining Cold War thriller Bridge of Spies, Tom Hanks plays a savvy insurance lawyer called James B Donovan who, in 1957, is plucke ..
Carol is a voluptuous, simmering, shimmering, careless whisper of a film that could easily have been written entirely for Cate Blanchett.
Who doesnt like to cozy up to an old school spy thriller that knows how to build tension and tighten it
In Bridge of Spies, a gravely moody, perfectly directed thriller, Steven Spielberg returns you to the good old bad days of the Cold War and its great ..
The New York Times
But Bridge of Spies is a worthy American answer to the brilliant British Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, a Golden Age of Espionage portrait of the flinty f ..
Rogers Movie Nation
When it comes the sheer craftsmanship that makes up its backbone, Bridge of Spies is rock solid.
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The action stretches over five years, never hurried but always engrossing.
Here are four other films about spies and the Cold War that gave audiences chills.
While it doesnt always welcome suspense, Bridge of Spies is intelligent and paced, anchored by a sensational lead performa ..read more..
Spielberg mines meaning out of the culture of the 1950s and presents a terrific portrait of an American hero whose zeal for justice is awesome!
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The concept album that is Arethas Gold follows the chronology of Aretha Franklins hits, all released in 1967 and 1968, apex years of the decade not ju ..
Bridge Of Spies marks Steven Spielbergs first venture into Cold War espionage movie territory.
If this finale seems to lack something in suspense, it compensates in poignance.
The veteran director strikes a seasoned balance of tension, action and wit that keeps the film moving at just the right pace.
They have reached into the chilly Cold War a part of it that is inherently undramatic and pulled up an uplifting, witty plum.
Tom Hanks lends his considerable Honest John appeal to this fascinating cold war drama about the secret exchange of Soviet spy Rudolf Abel, captured b ..
Presents American hypocrisy in defense of America with the snorting derision it warrants, while also being a gripping and intense Cold War thriller.
Its plea for common sense and equanimity in international relations is important to hear, but like all messages, it lands better when delivered with a ..
Steven Spielberg has made a remarkably well crafted and engaging film from the fine screenplay, superbly cast and beautifully executed.
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The director is Steven Spielberg, but the final draft of the screenplay is signed by Joel and Ethan Coen; revered filmmakers in their own right, who h ..
Hanks is reliably affable but remains a touch too unflappable, diminishing the suspense.
Bridge of Spies, Steven Spielbergs best film since Saving Private Ryan, stars a flawless Tom Hanks in the smart, old school thriller as James Donovan, ..
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But it stitches elements of it into what audiences will undoubtedly embrace as a feel good tale of American righteousness even at the present time, wh ..
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The film is based on an incisive script and Spielberg gets solid performances from his lead and supporting cast.
Apart from Hanks, and an understated, scene stealing turn by Mark Rylance as the Soviet spy Abel, Bridge of Spies mostly settles for being solidly tol ..
But it maintains that a solid American family man can always be trusted.
But Hanks does this sort of thing so well that its mostly a pleasure to go along for the ride.
I am not saying that Bridge of Spies is a bad movie.Its very well made as concerns production values.
Neither of these things should take away from your enjoyment of what is a very good, if not great, movie.
Spielberg can play hard on the emotions, but he shows a surprisingly light touch with ideas.
It remains abstract and intellectual, rather than emotional, which is a rare misstep in a Spielberg film.
Susan Grangers review of Bridge of Spies (DreamWorks/Disney/Fox) Master filmmaker Steven Spielberg is fascinated with exploring history: Schindlers Li ..
I liked the movie a lot its one of Spielbergs most measured and most adult films in years, with production values every bit as good as youd expect.
You cant really go wrong with that combination, but it doesnt guarantee Academy Award potential either.Bridge of Spies is a quality film featuring loa ..
Shot on celluloid, its stately filmmaking full of old fashioned craft.
A lot of people like complicated, cold war espionage thrillers, but with few exceptions, Im not one of them.I understand war and battle sequences, and ..
I kind of wish the whole movie was just about these negotiations because they are fascinating.Anyway, the good news about all of this is that Bridge o ..
Though Steven Spielbergs Cold War drama Bridge of Spies proves an over determined celebration of American style integrity, fair mindedness, and tenaci ..
In his fourth pairing with Hanks, Spielberg again examines the furtive face of justice and issues another masterful ruling.
But compact and to the point its not, and you may be forgiven if your mind more than once wanders to the laundry.
But when a film is as enjoyable as this one, its timing so sweet, and its atmosphere conjured with such skill, do you really wish to register a compla ..
It almost makes up for the films incredibly slow pace, because everything looks so lovely, but it does take its time before the narrative and storytel ..
They promise a ridiculous degree of screw tightening suspense amid imminent global destruction.
But those minor issues hardly derail the intrigue of a spy movie devoid of gadgets beyond daring, wit and resolve.
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Bridge of Spies is a tale of American exceptionalism, but a quietly cynical oneand those are always the wisest kind.
Lincoln is a fantastic character study of a truly special man, but it is singular in that sense.
Yet in spite of an inherently suspenseful finale, Bridge of Spies lacks the excitement this real life story would seem to demand.
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READ MORE: Steven Spielberg Still Worried About Blockbuster Implosion, Says Superhero Movie Trend Is Just A Phase And so one could argue Bridge Of Spi ..
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With an overriding penchant for nobility above all, Bridge of Spies has a welcome straightforward charm despite its ultimately understated impact.
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The results may not get too deep, but they make for a diverting dramatization of a Cold War tale hitherto untapped on the silver screen.
It is a sort of spy thriller, an adult historical drama, and as such the story itself will have appeal across different genres and generations, on top ..
Albeit it lacks the media friendly showy lead performance or perceived modern day relevance.
Steven Spielbergs latest is a solid, quietly made drama carefully wrapped around a civics lesson.Neither should surprise movie fans.
With all that said, some of the movie simply drags and feels like a history lesson.
That chess game suspense permeates Bridge of Spies At the same time, the film is much more than a thriller.
Spies also manages to nab non obvious skills from the biggies involved.
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FILM REVIEW BRIDGE OF SPIES.With Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Alan Alda, Amy Ryan, Sebastian Koch.
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As Scott noted, the stakes are high even if the action is minimal.
Three Movie Buffs
The tension of the climax on Berlins wintry nocturnal Glienicke Bridge, snipers poised on all sides, is utterly nail gnawing.
But the package deal of Spielberg, Hanks and the Coen brothers is just too damn good to resist.
Bridge of Spies is a movie that underplays its many strengths.You dont realize how good it is until its over.
Bridge of Spies is an incredibly well made film that should be applauded for its craft and controlled tone, and will appeal to those looking for somet ..
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Heaven in the dark, an extraordinarily well calibrated historical drama from storytellers par excellence ... Every craft element on display here is su ..
No one can match Spielberg when it comes to simplifying complex moments in history without diminishing their significance in any way.
Lacking any discernible shades of grey, Donovan is as pure a picture of Hanksian decency as there has ever been.
Image: Touchstone Pictures Bridge of Spies is based on the true story of James B. Donovan, who acted as the Official Unofficial U.S. Representative du ..
Steven Spielberg takes on the Cold War with a stately, sentimental thriller that gurgles along with quiet intensity, only occasionally finding a real ..
At a time when a new Cold War is setting in, this true life tale certainly resonates but the message is spoon fed and rather too sweet.
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A Cold War spy thriller from Steven Spielberg thats as sleek, robust and alluring as a vintage Rolls Royce.
People expecting a Steven Spielberg spy thriller might be a little disappointed.
Eastwood and Hanks are the right men for an epic of understated heroism Toy Story 3.
The Arts Desk
It followed Abraham Lincolns efforts to abolish slavery by pushing the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution through Congress.
The Film Pie
Yet rather than examine the shifting loyalties of film noir, Spielberg purposefully drains the plot of intrigue.
Mr. Spielberg works with a broad brush; in style and technique, his film is very much a mainstream..
Of course many can be forgiven if the combination of Spielberg Hanks Coens did not bring forth the epic results imagined.
Matts Movie Reviews
If it lacks the visual iconography usually associated with its director, its gentle humanity and late game suspense are more than enough to carry it, ..
Its a great story, brimming with Cold War intrigue and historical context. In other words, a fastball right down the middle for Steven Spielberg, the ..
The result is sweet, smooth corn pudding that just might be enough to make the aforementioned Mr. Smith stand up and cheer.
A terrific example, like Lincoln, of the perennially underrated darker and conflicted side of Spielberg.
Metro New York
Donovan soon loses his overcoat and nurses a nasty cold for the rest of the movie.
But have no fear: Bridge of Spies never threatens to be a masterpiece for even a moment.
Film Freak Central
This Cold War drama about a spy exchange between the Russians, the East Germans, and the Americans tells its story in a refreshingly straightforward w ..
Turns out, no its just a modest movie that puts its head down and does its work, and was presented accordingly.Some audiences will probably find it a ..
Theres a delightful bounce to that second half Joel and Ethan Coen did a rewrite on the script, and for a long stretch it feels more like a Coen broth ..
But while it is a suspenseful movie while youre watching it, a few hours later all of these twists and turns evaporate and only the big picture remain ..
Although set more than 50 years ago, the picture strongly resonates with our present era of the war on terror.
Sure you do.Capras movies celebrated the essential goodness of the common man specifically, the common American in stories about virtue and justice tr ..
Bridge of Spies is an expertly crafted espionage thriller from Steven Spielberg.
(Pelting rain might have been less lovely to look at.).Its all gorgeous, but after a while it becomes much too much of a good thing.
Its a glossy movie without glamour and we enjoy watching it tick over but then we realise theres no impetus, no pace.
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But thats a minor complaint for a mature drama that demands rapt attention and prefers studied execution over frenetic pacing.One distinct pleasure is ..
Its emotions are earned and it leaves a powerful must see again afterglow.
Even addressing common employee grievances is harder than one would imagine.
Bridge of Spies is solid, gleaming stuff from Steven Spielberg.The Old Master lighting and grandmaster plot moves are virtues almost identical to thos ..
What the film truly lacks is a daring approach to its source material.
Spielberg pulls off most of these mini melodramas with sardonic humor and brio.
Bridge of Spies is a warm portrait of a friendship, an excitingly intricate story of realistically scaled suspense, and a visually ravishing and lovin ..
This is a fine telling of a little known story, and if nothing else, it should bring veteran actor Mark Rylance the American recognition he deserves.
The fact that Bridge of Spies places the weight of the world on the shoulders of a briefcase toting lawyer feels quaintly nostalgic.
The Daily Beast
Its a debate had again and again in Steven Spielbergs Bridge of Spies, which is basically two movies: one thats not quite a spy thriller and not quite ..
Under The Radar Mag
Production design by Oscar winner Adam Stockhausen (The Grand Budapest Hotel) is also first rate evoking the era splendidly.Bridge Of Spies is a tower ..
While there are glimpses of patriotic populism throughout, this is easily one of Spielbergs most cynical offerings.
Its thankless shtik.The direction by Steven Spielberg is professional and gives the film wide appeal.
Will the Academy remember how great he is in Bridge of Spies.And for those of you wondering about Austin Stowell, he delivers a solid performance in t ..
And that only serves to take the audience out of the films reality, focusing instead on its artifice, not its story.
Killer Movie Reviews
First and foremost, the directors 29th film is masterfully crafted entertainment.
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Bridge of Spies is surprisingly warm and funny for a film about the Cold War.
And while the screenplay occasionally adds a dash of humour, its wasted on a film with so little tension through which to cut.
Ultimately, the film manages to find the wit and humanity in any situation.
Despite a slight rush towards the resolution, the script is tonally measured and carefully paced.
The genius of the casting is in the contrast: Hanks, the richly sympathetic screen actor, and Rylance, no less colossal a talent but one comparatively ..
New States Man
The second collaboration between Steven Spielberg and Joel and Ethan Coen, who co wrote the script with Matt Charman, Bridge of Spies jumps to the top ..
Like many of Spielbergs serious minded, fact based films among them the Holocaust drama Schindlers List (1993) and the Israeli spy thriller Munich (20 ..
On paper, this based on true events drama reads like a bore. But under the skilful hands of director producer Steven Spielberg working on a script by ..
The New Paper
Writing scores is undoubtedly hard, but Newmans score here is just unbearable.The most shocking thing about it is how lacking in self confidence it is ..
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Both a careful history lesson and gripping spy thriller, Bridge of Spies is fascinating entertainment.
Daily Film Fix
Beneath the directors occasional saccharine flourishes Soft Spielberg Bridge of Spies is a sharp humanist statement.His classical virtuoso filmmaking ..
Make that Greatness.PHOTOS: Best and worst movie remakes And so while youll be interested in one mans courage under fire, this effort may leave you wa ..
But the film never becomes truly gripping theres none of the clammy suspense that kept us on edge throughout Tomas Alfredsons Tinker Tailor Soldier Sp ..
However, even though the film is still relatively engaging, there is very little meat on its narrow and bony structure to stand alongside either Spiel ..
KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE was a cheeky and utterly bombastic look at the genre.
The collaboration between these otherworldly talents seems like it should be fantastic.
Rare are the filmmakers such as Spielberg with the knowledge and capability to wed thought provoking artistry with thoroughly entertaining cinematic a ..
Technically; nothing.One might say that Spielbergs too good at audience manipulation to the point that we can see it coming a mile away.
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The film comes to the screen without any Spielberg flourishes or knock out camera movements.
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It gives Spielberg a chance to riff on good old fashioned American liberalism.
Granted, it is a Spielberg movie, but it sounds too much like a Spielberg movie.
Even if it is two movies squashed into one, Bridge of Spies is an exemplary throwback.
The master of popular entertainment once again shows himself to be an accomplished renderer of subtle human behavior against a large period canvas.
Spielberg paints Hanks Donovan like an absolute saint a pillar of almost inhuman virtue.The final scenes are meant to induce chills, but will probably ..
Still, as a Steven Spielberg history lesson, one presumes a lengthy film, and while clocking in at two hours and twenty minutes, Bridge of Spies moves ..
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This is an adult driven, dialogue centric entertainment, one where the majority of thrilling moments contain no more than narrowed eyes and brisk walk ..
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Hanks is Hanks, which is the highest compliment you can pay a guy.As his quiet, unexpectedly artistic spy client, Rylance gives the films most engagin ..
Danger may lurk in Spielbergs frames, but an efficient and relatively bloodless escape most definitely awaits.
Conclusion: With outstanding direction from Steven Spielberg, a mostly compelling story, and a particularly excellent performance from Oscar nominee M ..
The Blus Pot
Bridge of Spies is a fascinating piece of cinema that marks another triumph for the serious side of Spielberg as a filmmaker.
Hanks for the memories: Tom in a chilly scene in the Cold War suspenser Bridge of Spies.
War Horse was a dreary slog through the trenches of the First World War.Lincoln was earnest, sincere, and a cure for sleeplessness, and Bridge of Spie ..
Steven Spielberg directs a script provided by the Coen Brothers (and Matt Charman).This is a truly adult thriller.
This is a film about the greatness America can achieve that signally understands that this is greatness America rarely does achieve, and with a reason ..
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Theres more, but you get the point: Spielberg can spin entertainment out of anything.
THE new Steven Spielberg drama, based on true Cold War events involving US lawyer James B. Donovan (Tom Hanks), is really two films in one.The first i ..
Its told through the experiences of a family man who lives in Brooklyn, works in insurance, and spends half the movie powering through a cold, all of ..
Its classic Spielberg with the help of master editor Michael Kahn turning up the heat in a Cold War thriller that intrigues and entertains while remin ..
My States Man
Their likeability makes it easy to will Donovan to succeed but its only made natural through Spielbergs unbiased storytelling and knack for picking up ..
It also locates the sweet spot for so much (superficially) disparate recent Spielberg: morally engaged and reflective, yet playful and funny and loose ..
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And if theres one thing we can never have enough of, its tales of Cold War era paranoia.
Its a real pleasure to sit in a theater, watching a film thats resting in the hands of a master.
Chris Stuck Mann
So an espionage thriller it is not, but a crisp, crackling examination of the machinations of espionage it certainly is.
Sandiego Union Tribune
The whole thing has the stale aroma of a Yakov Smirnoff standup routine.It is worth watching for a laugh or two.
The result is an entertaining courtroom drama and spy thriller that also offers up fine civics, justice and history lessons along the way.
Watching almost any Spielberg directed movie is tantamount to attending a master class in how to produce pure film.
Bridge of Spies is a crackling little thriller, but its also a safe, conventional one. It feels like an acceptance that hes not a filmmaker for kids, ..
The Concourse Deads
Its one of Spielbergs best anchored by solid work from Hanks but given grace and wit by Rylance.
But the story never gets too complicated to appreciate and is always highly approachable and entertaining with Spielbergs glossy Hollywood look and fe ..
Franks Reel Reviews
The Cold War never has been more chilling than it is in Bridge of Spies, the Steven Spielberg directed thriller with a another great leading man perfo ..
Instead, the film comes across like a pretty standard Tim Burton effort, minus the ironic post modernism.
This is a film that feels like it should be of that time yet never could be, a characteristic of so many of Spielbergs greatest works.
This is a richly rewarding and thoroughly entertaining Cold War drama with Spielberg and Hanks both at the very top of their game.
No question, there is a certain jingoistic edge to this espionage thriller.
When hes cooking, theres nobody else who can do quite what he does.Bridge of Spies, Spielbergs first film since 2012s Lincoln, is an exceptional job o ..
Its all very entertaining, and well directed by Danny Boyle, as the colorful Apple design aesthetic is a fine match for his Boyles visual style.
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