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Bridge of Spies

Bridge of Spies

2015
Drama
Suspense/Thriller
2h 22m
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Avg Percentile 55.1% from 3250 total ratings

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Rated 01 Oct 2020
75
80th
In this movie Tom Hanks doesn't know what he's doing but he reluctantly helps. In Saving Private Ryan, he does know what he's doing but he helps reluctantly. In Forest Gump he doesn't know what he's doing but he helps unintentionally. In Captain Phillips he knows what he's doing but he intentionally doesn't help. In A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood he knows what he's doing and helps absolutely everyone. In The Terminal he doesn't know what he's doing and evidently nobody else does either.
Rated 25 Oct 2015
75
65th
Dear Steve, please stop using angels to light your movies.
Rated 17 Oct 2015
97
98th
Rylance manages to quietly steal every scene he's in with a performance that's subtle, clever, and unexpectedly touching. Truly a performance of the year.
Rated 03 Dec 2015
70
67th
An entire "early 90s Kevin Costner honorable man" drama in America (with all the bells whistle and hammy pathos, that implies) incapsulates a solid Cold War drama in Berlin. Rylance steals the show every time he's on screen, and Amy Ryan deserves a pat on the back for suffering through the most thankless wife-role in recent memory.
Rated 13 Dec 2017
5
42nd
A film that merely happened.
Rated 16 Oct 2015
80
89th
In classic, old-style Steven Spielberg fashion, Bridge of Spies is an excellent piece of film that tells an intense story at a casual pace, and finds both Spielberg and Tom Hanks in their elements. A great film.
Rated 14 Nov 2015
85
82nd
A great Spielberg outing and not bad ones for the Coen Brothers or Hanks either. Really there isn't a lot wrong with this movie. The subject matter, though seemingly dull, is endlessly interesting thanks to the talent involved and despite a long run time, my eyes were glued to see what happened next. Though not movie of the year, Bridge of Spies was more than solid.
Rated 02 Nov 2017
78
66th
This is a movie that comes from several people involved who, even at their worst, can still deliver a competent movie. "Bridge of Spies" isn't a classic like much of what the Coen's and Spielberg have done, but it is good. Expect a decent watch, good production, good writing, but not a whole lot of oomph and maybe a little bit of dragging at times.
Rated 18 Feb 2017
40
31st
I meticulously chronicle everything I watch on this website, and I managed to go until now without logging this movie despite seeing it a year ago. to be fair, I didn't forget it any more than the general American public did
Rated 23 Nov 2015
67
41st
It's like Spielberg watched Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 20 times and decided he wanted to make that. But then started wanting to make a semi interesting spy noir thing. Could've been a lot worse. Ending was total shit tho
Rated 06 Feb 2016
6
43rd
There's nothing wrong with this movie, and it kept me entertained throughout, however it plays things very safe, doesn't break any new grounds, and ultimately I fear it will be a very forgettable experience. The ending also felt somewhat anti-climactic and overtly melodramatic.
Rated 17 Nov 2015
2
11th
Brave Man Defends The Constitution
Rated 10 Dec 2015
38
23rd
Spielberg and the Coens display their usual sledgehammer subtlety as they twist a forgotten true event into a garishly fake, honey-lipped, often self-amused piece of tripe. You have to give credit to the confidence with which it fibs - as far removed as it is from a realistic envisioning, its contrivances are absolutely shameless. I must have somehow left my brain on because Hanks' platitudinal constitutionalism, the stereotypical East Germans and the canned cold-war soap all seemed ridiculous.
Rated 18 Oct 2015
90
97th
Bridge of Spies is wonderful work from everyone involved. You'd expect it, given the talent involved, but on paper the film simply doesn't seem like it should work. But it does. The Cold War may be a subject that has been mined to death, but Bridge of Spies proves that there's more gold to be found within that particular topic. Hanks, Spielberg, the Coen Brothers, Mark Rylance - these people make this movie excellent. It's fantastically entertaining, thrilling, educational, and dramatic.
Rated 26 Oct 2015
76
78th
An old-fashioned but excellently made film. Hanks is dependably good; Rylance is mesmerizing.
Rated 20 Dec 2015
6
34th
There's nothing per se wrong with the film: some good lighting and solid camera work do a lot to help the film's overall net worth, and the script isn't shy about exploring the political sensitivities and diplomatic tensions between both nations. Unfortunately, Spielberg has strayed into George Lucas territory and waters it all down with his mundane direction, turning a perfectly good Cold War drama into a lulling experience. That last scene on the subway is pure cringe.
Rated 31 Dec 2015
25
12th
Spielberg has become a white-bourgeois-northern grandpa who constantly sermons his grandchildren on the benefits of being a hard-working and honest American who respects the rule of law and liberal values. In this manner "Bridge of Spies" is a perfect sermon where Hanks is the role model and commies are the bad guys as usual. It's worse than Soviet propaganda films because at least most of them have a decent aesthetic attitude. Time waste.
Rated 19 Nov 2015
4
52nd
It doesn't matter what people think of you if you're doing the right thing. Don't worry though they made sure we knew that Tom Hanks was liked in the end :)))
Rated 22 Oct 2015
66
79th
Post-war Berlin has always made excellent cinematic fodder, and this is no exception. Competently directed by Spielberg, playfully written by the Coen Brothers, and engagingly acted by Hanks, this is a classic example of a solid, well-made film. The Oscar-worthy unsung American hero historical drama that Unbroken was supposed to be.
Rated 06 Feb 2016
56
25th
Though the script and Rylance create an interesting character in Abel, pretty much everything else about the movie is boring, predictable, and/or saccharine. I was actually shocked to learn (after) that this was a Coen brothers script--it completely lacks their usual wit and originality.
Rated 29 Feb 2016
55
34th
Not so great. I didn't buy the relationship between Hanks and Rylance, which a lot of the dramatic weight rests on. For a movie that is almost 2 and a half hours long they managed to underdevelop most characters including important roles such as the american pilot involved in the exchange and Tom Hanks' entire family.
Rated 03 Nov 2016
2
59th
Decent, but not much more than that.
Rated 16 Oct 2015
80
89th
Tremendous script, story, direction and performances all around. Trailers couldn't capture the enormity, breadth and significance Spielberg and the Coens pull off. Hanks and Rylance are as consuming an on screen duo as any in film history.
Rated 27 Nov 2015
8
93rd
I doubt it's one I'll be revisiting repeatedly over the years, but it's a nice solid Cold War thriller for adults (not "for adults" in the extreme-content sense, but in the "kids wouldn't like/get this" sense). It has a nice somber atmosphere to it, but the Coens' script lets just enough humor poke in at the edges to not become depressing. Solid flick.
Rated 17 Dec 2015
70
65th
Classically solid. Perhaps a bit too conventional? Rylance is interesting, though.
Rated 15 Dec 2018
60
63rd
okay movie
Rated 07 Feb 2016
75
39th
I got a little bored during this very safe Hanks/Spielberg collaboration. Otherwise beautifully made. Great sets, and masterfully shot as always.
Rated 26 Feb 2016
30
17th
The biggest mystery is how they made a film about spies so unexciting..
Rated 18 Nov 2015
82
62nd
Tom Hanks is always at his best playing the quintessential classic American hero, because he so easily plays both humble and inspiring. Bridge of Spies follows in the footsteps of Lincoln, making the mundane details behind inspiring historical events as compelling as the actual triumph itself. It might be a bit too sentimental about Americana and ~freedom~, but those have always been two of Spielberg's vices, and here he makes them work. It should have ended on sleeping Tom Hanks, though.
Rated 27 Nov 2015
70
68th
Solid movie with a very impressive attention to detail
Rated 13 Jan 2016
80
44th
Too brisk and superficial by my tastes to be truly excellent, and too much weird and bad CGI to be consistently belief-suspending. Rylance is worth the price of admission, though.
Rated 13 Mar 2016
78
45th
A ho-hum Spielberg movie that goes through familiar paces. Tom Hanks and particularly a very underused Mark Rylance are fantastic.
Rated 04 Dec 2016
60
9th
Very low-key. Bland
Rated 25 Nov 2015
80
60th
Given the cast/crew, and trailer It's exactly what you'd expect. It's a competently made film in which the lows aren't that low and the highs aren't that high. Hanks and Rylance give great performances. I just wish the Coen brothers decided to direct it themselves. I think they would have given the film a more nuanced stylish approach vs the slightly overblown sentimental/patriotic tone spielberg gave it.
Rated 31 Oct 2015
78
69th
A strong, competent film. Spielberg's still got it and the Coens know their way around a good script.
Rated 19 Oct 2015
99
83rd
A great cold war era thriller that fires on all cylinders;Hanks and Rylance are great(Rylance's performance is particularly well done) The Cohen Brother wrote the script with Spielberg's direction, This movie has everything you need for a great film and it delivers.
Rated 08 Nov 2015
75
60th
Lacks a legitimate feeling of tension, but gets by ably through craftsmanship and its cast.
Rated 24 May 2016
70
79th
This doesn't seem like a Coen brothers script, that being said this is a pretty tight little cold war thriller. Hanks is workmanlike, but Rylance was pretty damned good. A decent watch, if not a little underwhelming considering some of the talent attached.
Rated 07 Jan 2016
10
13th
what a boring movie, predictable. Went to the toilet several times in the cinema, just to pass the time...who will return me the time wasted on this sh...
Rated 29 Dec 2015
55
32nd
I expected more from a Spielberg film. This movie feels like it only caters to senior citizens. An uninspiring tale of justice.
Rated 30 Nov 2015
53
31st
Sad for coens
Rated 13 Mar 2016
80
53rd
Just really solid, sharp and compelling filmmaking. The Coens writing for Spielberg's vision makes a surprisingly effective team.
Rated 02 May 2017
64
60th
Couldn'thelp but imagine the much more interesting film the Coen brothers would have made out of this script.
Rated 05 Jan 2016
8
76th
Bridge of Spies in other hands could have been a dull affair. But when you collaborate Steven Spielberg's masterfully competent filmmaking expertise, a perfectly balanced Coen Brothers script and an engaging leading performance from the reliable Tom Hanks; the result is an interesting & entertaining Cold War drama. Add to this also a notably impressive supporting performance from Mark Rylance. Bridge of Spies is an understated but impressive piece of filmmaking from an array of creative talents.
Rated 28 Dec 2015
63
34th
Starts off in 'To Kill a Mockingbird' territory. When the plot settles into itself, you could be mistaken for thinking the running time will be all legal drama, climbing the rungs of appeal in the US system. Thankfully, the 2nd half saves us from that. Hanks makes some impressive legal arguments using thorough logic, leaning on the script by, you guessed it. That said, no twist came without significant foreshadowing & Spielberg throws in his schmultzy call-back imagery as if like a signature.
Rated 21 Oct 2015
73
67th
A well made movie with the same old tired Spielbergian ending.
Rated 16 Nov 2015
84
55th
When War Horse came out, everyone was ripping Spielberg apart for making a more manipulative than substantive film and I wholly disagreed. There's imagery in War Horse I can still envision. I can't really say the same for Bridge of Spies, which I saw just a week ago. Don't get me wrong, it's a good movie, but it's not an exceptional one. Spielberg's style is so polished, and the Coens are such good writers, and Hanks is still acting since Cpt. Phillips (thank God) -- of course it's good.
Rated 25 Nov 2015
85
85th
Spielberg's latest is definitely his strongest outing since the nineties, thanks in large part to Tom Hanks' charisma, a witty and engaging script from the Coen Brothers, and a wonderful supporting turn from Mark Rylance. Ultra-solid movie; I was totally hooked for the entire two and a half hour runtime.
Rated 17 Dec 2015
80
77th
For what could have been a pretty boring little spy thriller without a bunch of action, Spielberg and Hanks really outdid themselves. Given the power of a Coen brothers script and excellent direction from Spielberg, the entire cast shines. Really worth watching.
Rated 17 Sep 2018
66
26th
The second half held my interest pretty well.
Rated 04 Dec 2015
80
74th
BoS is a curious film; It's brilliantly acted with Rylance giving a staggeringly good performance; it is beautifully made with fantastic attention to detail, the script is generally good although the"catchphrase" got tired by the third use, and Speilberg does a great job in keeping the shmaltz down to a minimum, but BoS has a couple of flaws, notably in the time compression and lack of interest in Pryor & Powers, and in telegraphing the story arc in a speech 1/3 the way through to make it a gem
Rated 03 Nov 2015
80
78th
A few great performances and a very suspenseful movie despite being relatively predictable. I mostly preferred the first act, which had more to do with the actual trial. I wish that had been the majority of the film honestly. The rest wasn't bad by any means but just didn't interest me as much.
Rated 24 Nov 2015
70
72nd
There are ideals worth standing up for, director Steven Spielberg clearly states in Bridge of Spies. 1) To stand firm in your concern for others. 2) To strive for what is just, no matter the outcome. 3) To remain diligent with integrity. Some might call those upright ideals. A certain generation in the U.S. would surely call them American ideals. And, of course, they are also godly ideals. Virtues, if you will. (pluggedin.com)
Rated 05 Feb 2019
62
39th
Spielberg makes yet another movie with Tom Hanks and guess what? It's completely solid! Is it a movie you want to see? Probably not. It's not a movie you need to see either (unless you are a die hard Spielberg/Hanks fan). But it's probably the least interesting thing the Coen Brothers ever wrote.
Rated 03 Nov 2015
61
36th
You can tell that Spielberg is a well-studied filmmaker, deeply knowledgeable about the history of the form. He invokes many giants here, particularly Ford and Capra. It's a mature movie, more about the subtleties and inherent tension of the negotiations than anything conventionally thrilling, another of Spielberg's dramas which celebrate the remarkable achievements of ordinary people who affably accept great responsibility. Expect his usual strange mix of humanism and conservatism.
Rated 04 Jul 2016
75
93rd
"Bridge of Spies" is proof an interesting suspense film can be made without violence.
Rated 18 Oct 2015
70
62nd
A bit slow, but decent enough. Amazing how many studios were behind this one. Dreamworks, Touchstone, 20th Century Fox, and a few that I hadn't heard of all were part of this movie.
Rated 20 Oct 2015
90
88th
In the first 20 minutes Spielberg positions his camera to where we are interrogating someone that we know is a Russian spy to see if we can still like him for the type of man he is. This alone demonstrates how his film is leagues above nearly every other American-made Cold War piece that deals with Russia, and it only takes off from there.
Rated 08 Dec 2015
41
24th
Boring, long, flat story with bad music and scenes made to stick in your head.
Rated 25 Nov 2015
50
37th
An entertaining historical film, but was divided in too many parts and they are too short to develop in full so I couldn't really get into them.
Rated 30 Apr 2016
67
61st
A consummate piece of filmmaking from Spielberg, being as it is beautifully shot & hung atmospherically around a robust Coen's script. Hanks is superb, the underused Rylance even better, & the rest of the cast pedestrian at best. The films first half almost enters into an interesting constitutional debate, but falls shy, with the second half almost a tense thriller, but again falling shy. A lack of dramatic crescendo costs it, as does the scarcity of meaningful scenes between Abel & Donovan.
Rated 27 Nov 2015
80
75th
Despite the mixed messages this is a great film from Spielberg. It's hushed but tense and atmospheric; everything a Cold War film needs.
Rated 20 Jul 2016
49
16th
A rerun of "Blues Clues" has more surprises.
Rated 01 Jan 2016
3
32nd
A milktoast piece of sentimental trash that'll seem right at home alongside Spielberg's other works. I've never understood or enjoyed his tendency towards reductive moral pedagogy and his habits haven't changed here. Can't say I'm disappointed, as I went in fully expecting this. The score is just atrocious. Moribunny phrased my thoughts better than I have here.
Rated 03 Dec 2016
60
64th
Tom Hanks doing what Tom Hanks does - being a very dependable man in your batting order. That this comes with a decent script and an interesting story and you've got yourself a decent film.
Rated 09 Nov 2015
77
64th
I was not familiar with the real events this film is based on. The script is good, the story is really interesting. Tom Hanks is good in the lead role, the film would not work without a good performance from him. Overall I would recommend this film.
Rated 21 Feb 2016
91
64th
Extraordinarily well constructed ... and I appreciate the sets and atmosphere of the movie. Historically very interesting, but as pure entertainment or something to created true tension or suspense it fell a little short of my upper tier ranking.
Rated 31 Dec 2016
78
71st
1 bridge, 2 spies, 1 hanks
Rated 17 Oct 2015
75
76th
I'm beginning to think SS has a thing about Germans. But seriously, this was the best paced movie I watched in a long time.
Rated 21 Jan 2016
60
72nd
There was a bridge. There were some spies. And just like that....poof!.....Spielberg became Ron Howard.
Rated 26 Oct 2015
87
80th
Insurance lawyer James Donovan (Hanks) is asked to defend Soviet spy Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance), and later to negotiate a trade: Abel for downed pilot Francis Gary Powers. Spielberg's richest and most vivid film in quite a while, embodying his themes of moral integrity and heroism without becoming preachy or logy. A sharp script co-written by the Coens helps, but it's Spielberg's deft handling that ultimately triumphs. Hanks is reliably steadfast; Rylance is a likely candidate for awards.
Rated 24 Nov 2015
40
38th
It was...okay. But too damn long. Another case where a documentary would have been much better. I think a 60 minute doc would sum up the whole thing nicely. This was the exact same length as Spielberg & Hanks' "Catch Me if You Can", which was endlessly watchable and a fascinating look at the life of an interesting person. Bridge of Spies is like focusing on the life of the FBI agent from "Catch Me if You Can" instead of the most interesting option. Why?
Rated 25 Oct 2015
70
39th
There are some smart characters and moments hanging out in this otherwise dim movie. Its slow and has little tension, does a poor job of selling the stakes.
Rated 17 Oct 2015
69
71st
I appreciate Spielberg's style enough that even a half-exciting story set up with the speed of molasses and paid off with rudimentary, expected ironies captures my interest. I guess Berlin in winter does it.
Rated 31 Jan 2016
36
23rd
Oh shut the fu*k up, Steven.
Rated 08 Nov 2015
60
27th
The praise Bridge of Spies has been getting is inexplicable. It's a Spielberg movie with no powerful stills. It's a Coen bros. script full of terribly misplaced awkward jokes in spite of the story's drama and risk, and this awful humor makes it obvious every situation ends for the best or it's in poor taste. Emphasis isn't placed on the convoluted politics or corrupt patriotism but instead Tom Hanks just being a stubborn, badgering "good man" who we're supposed to laugh with and say "got 'em!".
Rated 18 Jan 2016
83
67th
A decent, well-acted drama. Ultimately though the real-life story it is based on doesn't quite lend itself to the most intriguing drama.
Rated 20 Mar 2016
66
37th
Nauseatingly Spielbergian, Bridge of Spies hits all the highs and lows you would expect just by seeing the trailer, knowing the director, and having Hanks cast in the lead. Still, its pretty and Rylance steals the show. Its fine, its whatever.
Rated 28 Jan 2016
65
36th
Starts off promising and unpredictable, but ends up being a bit shallow. I didn't like how fast public opinion of Donovan changed, nor how easily his relationship with his family was sustained. The negotiations in Berlin could also have been given more depth, though I liked how clear the characters' motivations were - there was no getting bogged down by emotions.
Rated 11 Sep 2022
8
73rd
A fascinating, fairly true story about a lawyer negotiator who found himself in the center of the Iron Curtain controversy.
Rated 26 Feb 2016
70
67th
I definitely liked it, but I did have some issues with it. Specifically, the screenplay was a little obvious with its themes and messages, the American patriotism was a bit too heavy, and that it was occasionally a little overly-sentimental (but again, it's Spielberg - what do you expect?). Still, it was gorgeous-looking, and Spielberg's direction was impeccable. Hanks was the perfect choice for the protagonist, and all the other performances were solid, too. Worth watching.
Rated 31 Jan 2016
69
48th
Old Fashion MasturbaBERGtion.
Rated 20 Mar 2022
79
60th
A pleasant, plain, well directed movie. It offers what you would expect from a Spielberg recent years creation: entertainment without glamour. Passes the time with ease
Rated 02 Jan 2016
70
42nd
i cant understand spielbergs camera movements , i think hes geting old :)) ...... good job Kaminski , good job! :)
Rated 28 Dec 2015
75
73rd
Parts well played by Hanks and especially Rylance but also the supporting cast. Well worth a look.
Rated 23 Jan 2016
84
77th
You can tell the Coens are involved by all the dark humour that pervades the script. It doesn't harm the drama at all, though. Between Hanks' strong performance, a story full of natural drama and the script it's a film that can't go wrong and it doesn't, even if it never reaches any truly great heights.
Rated 02 Nov 2015
85
59th
The type of movie I'd be happy with Steven Spielberg making every couple of years - sentimental, patriotic, the only thing louder than its proudly beating heart is the cheery French horn that pops up in the most emotional moments. But it is also still a film with heft and intelligence, never undermined by its desire to move its audience.
Rated 30 May 2018
87
79th
83.50+.86+2.50 = 86.86.
Rated 13 Feb 2017
79
82nd
Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, and the Coen Brothers help create maybe the most moviest movie that ever movied. Although with these great people involved, the film should be at the least generally entertaining throughout, and it is, but the based on true events story and Cold War setting created in me a want for a more comprehensive documentary style film on the subject. Instead of this standard lazy historical drama Sunday movie fodder, which somehow feels less than the sum of its parts.
Rated 17 Aug 2016
95
94th
The montage of 'Bridge of Spies' is loaded with narratively significant match cuts. Those are reminiscent of the ironically great cut in 'Catch Me If You Can' where the shot of a girl saying "no, no ..." in surprise is harshly cut into "yes, yes ..." being yelled by the same girl while having intercourse consequently. It's useful to compare them with the pretentious, nonfunctional, so-called innovative jump cuts of Goddard's. Hitchcock once explained that cutting "should be called
Rated 24 Jan 2016
68
44th
Certainly has its moments, but not enough of them. Hanks is perfectly cast and does well enough.
Rated 25 Jan 2016
61
54th
Basically it's all about men sitting in rooms and talking politics. It didn't build much tension for me.
Rated 03 Jan 2016
61
61st
This movie was nice, dramatic... but it reminded me most of Captain Phillips. It often seemed unnecessarily patriotic and a bit pointless. It didn't quite hang together for me as a legal drama or a thriller. But it was cute.
Rated 31 Jan 2016
80
85th
A fascinating glimpse into post WW2 Berlin and worth a look just for that part, but there's an interesting story there too.
Rated 12 May 2016
85
73rd
You don't have to be a spy to know that a movie directed by Steven Spielberg and written by the Coen brothers could be a decent movie. I remember watching the trailer of this film and shrugging. For some reason I just didn't feel like watching this... but of course I ended up watching it anyway and I was pretty glad. This movie does have a lot going for it...
Rated 16 Jun 2016
59
62nd
The acting (of the entire cast) is good, so no comment there. The history that Bridge Of Spies tells is interesting. But it fails on suspense (although I must admit that most of the suspense that is in the movie comes from the empathy that Hanks plays with) and it is truly a patriotic film. Maybe that is great for Americans, but not necessarily for the rest of the world. 59/100.
Rated 24 Jul 2016
63
54th
Bride of Spies is almost defiantly old fashioned. It's no wonder that Spielberg's films are no longer connecting with a mass audience; his sensibility is completely out of step, even if not all the communists are portrayed as bad guys. That's about as progressive as Spielberg gets. It's hard to fault the acting or directing, but there is nothing special about it either. It's a well crafted time killer about an unsung American 'hero' who believed strongly in justice. Nothing more, nothing less.
Rated 13 Feb 2016
76
82nd
One of my favorite films of 2015
Rated 04 Mar 2017
80
73rd
2016/09/08
Rated 20 Aug 2016
73
28th
For me, a disappointingly flat pancake of a cold war thriller, focusing on the Joe Everyman negotiator, the least interesting character of all. With little sense of geographical location and a very diluted taste of the political significance of this historic moment. Basically their problem was that the Bridge of Spies was only in it for about 10 minutes, Mark Rylance for 15, and the rest of the time was spent fannying around in offices. Spielberg what were you thinking? Maybe I watched it wrong.

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