Bridge of Spies
Bridge of Spies (2015)

Tom Hanks stars as the American attorney tasked with negotiating the release of a U-2 spy plane pilot who was shot down over Russia at the height of the Cold War in this historical drama from DreamWorks Studios. Steven Spielberg and Mark E.… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: October 16, 2015
DVD Release Date: February 2, 2016
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Bridge of Spies finds new life in Hollywood's classic Cold War espionage thriller formula, thanks to reliably outstanding work from Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks.

Claudia Puig
The Asahi Shimbun GLOBE (Japan)

Director Steven Spielberg gives audiences a meticulously composed espionage thriller, which establishes a tense atmosphere from the start and keeps the viewer engaged throughout. [Full review in Japanese]

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Kent Jones
Film Comment Magazine

Bridge of Spies is a warm portrait of a friendship, an excitingly intricate story of realistically scaled suspense, and a visually ravishing and lovingly crafted rendering of mid-century America, where how you look matters much less than what you do.

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Hosea Rupprecht
Pauline Center for Media Studies

Bridge of Spies truly celebrates the dignity of each human person and the respect due each one, whether or not that person is our closest friend, an in-need stranger, or our worst enemy.

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Jason Bailey

This is a filmmaker with a lifetime of skill and experience, crafting his vintage pictures with style and grace, and we're all better off for it.

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Ryan Gilbey
New Statesman

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 untried in cinema.

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Kip Mooney
College Movie Review

Has a lot of talk about spy craft, but an espionage thriller it is not.

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Perri Nemiroff

Bridge of Spies is a quality film featuring loads of commendable work, but Spielberg's glossy and exceedingly upbeat take on the material might make it more of a crowdpleaser than an Oscar contender.

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Kevin Maher
Times (UK)

[A] solidly entertaining Cold War thriller.

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Michael J. Casey
Michael J. Cinema

It may not be a masterpiece, but it is a damn strong piece of cinema.

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Nate Zoebl
An intriguing behind-the-scenes negotiation during a heightened period of danger, Bridge of Spies relies upon its history to do the heavy lifting and it's… More
Jim Hunter
An American lawyer goes to Cold War era Berlin to negotiate a hostage exchange. Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance, who surprisingly won Best Supporting Actor, lead… More
Christian C
"Bridge of Spies" is a very "nice" film. There's nothing challenging, controversial, exciting, illuminating or particularly inventive… More
Spencer S.
Steven Spielberg. Tom Hanks. Period piece. Sound familiar? I mean, it definitely is, but this film from the dynamic duo proves to be more than meets the eye.… More
Alice Shen
In one word: manufactured. I had already pegged this Spielberg/Hanks joint as "serious" and "uplifting," but what uplift it could manage… More