Bridge of Spies

Bridge of Spies

Bridge of Spies

Steven Spielberg directs this Cold War spy drama, co-written by the Coen brothers. Tom Hanks is a Brooklyn lawyer recruited by the CIA for a near-impossible task: negotiating the release of an American pilot detained by the Soviet Union. Based on the 1960 U-2 incident in which pilot Francis Gary Powers - who was shot down over Soviet land - was released in exchange for a captive KGB spy held under the custody of the United States.

Best Supporting Actor (Rylance) at the 2016 Academy Awards and BAFTA Awards
2015Rating: M, Mature themes, violence and coarse language141 minsUSA
DramaThrillerWarHistorical
Director:
Steven Spielberg ('Jaws', 'Saving Private Ryan', 'Schindler's List', 'Catch Me If You Can')
Writer:
Ethan CoenJoel CoenMatt Charman
Cast:
Tom HanksAmy RyanAlan AldaEve HewsonMark RylanceBilly Magnussen

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Bridge of Spies / Reviews

Flicks, Dominic Corry

Flicks, Dominic Corry

The prospect of seeing Steven Spielberg sink his teeth into the Cold War is an enticing one indeed, but although Bridge of Spies contains a couple of tense set-pieces, it is much more focused on being a character drama than a period thriller.

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Variety

Variety

While the helmer’s myth-making approach makes for great Capra-esque entertainment, younger auds may find it terribly old-fashioned...

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Time Out

Time Out

A deeply satisfying Cold War spy thriller that feels more subdued than usual for the director...

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The Telegraph

The Telegraph

A handsome and mature entertainment, rich with novelistic intrigue, that asks for very little in exchange for its rewards.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Like most of Mr. Spielberg's films, a consummate entertainment that sweeps you up with pure cinema.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Has a brassy and justified confidence in its own narrative flair.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

May be a snooze to the ADD crowd allergic to historical drama, but it's dished out by experts.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

A consummate professional's tribute to a gifted amateur, a smooth entertainment with a strong but subtle political subtext that's both potent and unexpected.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

An absorbing true-life espionage tale very smoothly handled by old pros who know what they're doing.

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FilmInk

FilmInk

Entertaining and thought provoking... gives real historical events a human face, and rates as a surprising crowd pleaser in the process.

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