Captain Fantastic

Captain Fantastic

Captain Fantastic

Deep in the forests of the Pacific Northwest lives devoted dad Ben (Viggo Mortensen) and his six kids. Ben has dedicated his life to raising extraordinary children with a rigorous physical and intellectual education, and a primal connection to the natural world. When a tragedy strikes, the family is forced to leave. Suddenly the children must face the excitement and the perils of an unfamiliar outside world while Ben is compelled to reexamine his idea of what it means to be a parent.

2016Rating: M, Mature themes, coarse language and nudity118 minsUSA
Drama
92%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

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Should connect in a major way with those looking to be swept up and moved by such a fundamental human experience.

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Time Out

Time Out

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Captures something brainy and bullheaded about Mortensen that feels true.

3.0
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The New York Times

The New York Times

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Mr. Mortensen, whose intensity has the sting of possession, has a way of making you believe his characters can do whatever they set their minds to: fly, leap over buildings, save the world.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

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Finely wrought and inventive, Captain Fantastic surely earns the lofty praise of its title.

4.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

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The first time I saw it I walked away feeling quite moved. It was only the second time around – and there's not many films I find the time to see twice – that the flaws and omissions became unbearable.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

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Ben Cash might be a deeply flawed character. But he remains fascinating throughout and Mortensen's portrayal of him is perfect.

5.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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In largely succumbing to the very complacency its characters claim to abhor, it turns out to be - I hate to say it - a far less interesting movie than it appears.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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Crowdpleasing for the right kind of crowd, but about as radical as a kale crisp.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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A fiercely original, pleasantly unpredictable character piece. This is a gang of outsiders with something valuable to say about the world we live in.

4.0
0

Subversive films are often camouflaged behind genre or movie titles. Many are promoted as action thrillers, dramas and even comedy but in reality carry dystopian themes about the breakdown of modern civilisation. Some recent examples of subversive films are High Rise (2016), Money Monster (2015) and 99 Holmes (2015). The film Captain Fantastic (2016) is...

4.0
0

I was very pleased to see Viggo back and better than ever, he leads a brilliant cast of kids. I loved the witty nature of the dialogue, the unpredictability and the questions raised around societal norms. Would be 4 1/2 stars if that was possible. Highly recommended

4.0
0

Ignore the trailer. Captain Fantastic is not the quirky Little Miss Sunshine-style indie you might be expecting. Well, mostly not… Despite what some of its detractors have claimed, this is not a film that smugly champions the quirky, irresponsible life-style choices of a lovably zen hippie and his army of forest-sprite children. Rather, it is an...

3.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Should connect in a major way with those looking to be swept up and moved by such a fundamental human experience.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Captures something brainy and bullheaded about Mortensen that feels true.

3.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Mr. Mortensen, whose intensity has the sting of possession, has a way of making you believe his characters can do whatever they set their minds to: fly, leap over buildings, save the world.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Finely wrought and inventive, Captain Fantastic surely earns the lofty praise of its title.

4.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

The first time I saw it I walked away feeling quite moved. It was only the second time around – and there's not many films I find the time to see twice – that the flaws and omissions became unbearable.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Ben Cash might be a deeply flawed character. But he remains fascinating throughout and Mortensen's portrayal of him is perfect.

5.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

In largely succumbing to the very complacency its characters claim to abhor, it turns out to be - I hate to say it - a far less interesting movie than it appears.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Crowdpleasing for the right kind of crowd, but about as radical as a kale crisp.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A fiercely original, pleasantly unpredictable character piece. This is a gang of outsiders with something valuable to say about the world we live in.

4.0
0

Subversive films are often camouflaged behind genre or movie titles. Many are promoted as action thrillers, dramas and even comedy but in reality carry dystopian themes about the breakdown of modern civilisation. Some recent examples of subversive films are High Rise (2016), Money Monster (2015) and 99 Holmes (2015). The film Captain Fantastic (2016) is...

4.0
0

I was very pleased to see Viggo back and better than ever, he leads a brilliant cast of kids. I loved the witty nature of the dialogue, the unpredictability and the questions raised around societal norms. Would be 4 1/2 stars if that was possible. Highly recommended

4.0
0

Ignore the trailer. Captain Fantastic is not the quirky Little Miss Sunshine-style indie you might be expecting. Well, mostly not… Despite what some of its detractors have claimed, this is not a film that smugly champions the quirky, irresponsible life-style choices of a lovably zen hippie and his army of forest-sprite children. Rather, it is an...

3.0
0