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Captain Fantastic

In the forests of the Pacific Northwest, an unconventional father devotes himself to raising his six kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education. When tragedy strikes, they are forced to leave their self-created paradise and enter the real world, challenging the idea of what it means to be a parent.
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Screen Daily by

Like the family at its centre, Captain Fantastic is an odd bird, sometimes endearing, sometimes unbelievable.
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The A.V. Club by A.A. Dowd

To those outside his bubble, it can look at best like a form of child abuse, at worse like a cult: the nuclear family as survivalist militia.
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TheWrap by Alonso Duralde

The movie really belongs to Mortensen, who allows Ben to be exasperating, arrogant and impatient but also warm, loving and caring. He’s a tough but adoring father, a grieving widower and an angry defender of his wife’s final wishes, and Mortensen plays all these notes and more with subtlety and grace.
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The Hollywood Reporter by Leslie Felperin

Especially refreshing, even radical, is its sympathy for characters who read for pleasure and value rigorous thought. Unfortunately, by the end, it’s gone as mushy and ragged as a homespun hemp blanket.
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New York Post by Lou Lumenick

Captain Fantastic isn’t only one of the year’s best movies, but one of the best cast and best acted, right down to the smaller roles.
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Variety by Peter Debruge

Ross doesn’t run from the resulting sentimentality the way so many other directors do; nor does he undercut it with irony or sarcasm as has become the regrettable tendency in independent cinema.
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Observer by Rex Reed

Despite a frustrating fizzle of a finale, it’s a movie that enthralls the senses and engages the mind for two hours, proving no movie is too long when you’re having fun.
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The Playlist by Russ Fischer

Captain Fantastic uses bleak but gentle comedy to pinpoint the variety of ways we wrestle with grief, but the film undermines Mortensen's performance and its own thematic ambitions by presenting the character as little more than an idealized fantasy figure.
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New York Daily News by Stephen Whitty

Gorgeously photographed, and as loosey-goosey as its hero, Captain Fantastic takes some unexpected turns. Is Ben eccentric or irresponsible? Is he raising free-thinking iconoclasts — or training a new generation of Unabombers?

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