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Bridge of Spies

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Germany, India, United States · 2015
Rated PG-13 · 2h 21m
Director Steven Spielberg
Starring Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Amy Ryan, Alan Alda
Genre Thriller, Drama

New York lawyer James Donovan gets in over his head when he is charged with not only defending a Soviet spy, but also negotiating an exchange with the Soviet Union to trade their spy for pilot Francis Gary Powers, who is being held hostage after his plane was shot down on Soviet territory.

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TheWrap by Alonso Duralde

If you can overlook the three or four endings of Bridge of Spies, each more overdone than the last, there’s a lot to like here.


New York Magazine (Vulture) by David Edelstein

It’s Rylance who keeps Bridge of Spies standing. He gives a teeny, witty, fabulously non-emotive performance, every line musical and slightly ironic — the irony being his forthright refusal to deceive in a world founded on lies.


IndieWire by Eric Kohn

While the rousing tale of espionage has plenty of appealingly old-fashioned qualities, there's no doubting Spielberg's ability to devise visually arresting moments that speak to the movie's themes far better than its story.


Time Out by Joshua Rothkopf

Gifts of civility small and large mark Steven Spielberg's latest film, a deeply satisfying Cold War spy thriller that feels more subdued than usual for the director—even more so than 2012's philosophical Lincoln—but one that shapes up expertly into a John Le Carré–style nail-biter.


Variety by Peter Debruge

While the helmer’s myth-making approach makes for great Capra-esque entertainment, younger auds may find it terribly old-fashioned — and they’d be right to think so, although Spielberg would be the first to admit it was his intention to play things classical.


The Playlist by Rodrigo Perez

Bridge Of Spies is one-third courtroom drama and two-thirds Cold War thriller, and while an engaging watch thanks to fine actors and terrific filmmaking, it’s not without its issues.

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