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Catch Me If You Can

Catch Me If You Can

2002
Comedy
Drama
2h 21m
Frank W. Abagnale (DiCaprio) worked as a doctor, a lawyer and as a co-pilot for a major airline -- all before his 21st birthday. A master of deception, he was also a brilliant forger, whose skill at check fraud had netted him millions of dollars in stolen funds. FBI agent Carl Hanratty (Hanks) has made it his prime mission to capture Frank and bring him to justice, but Frank is always one step ahead of him, baiting him to continue the chase. (DreamWorks)
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Catch Me If You Can

2002
Comedy
Drama
2h 21m
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Rated 03 Mar 2007
5
91st
I feel like if any other director made this film, we'd trip over ourselves to gush about it, but because it's Spielbreg, it's taken for granted (and just as often not given enough credit to begin with) how ably he moves between humor and pathos, how organically he plays on themes of fathers-and-sons and the fear of growing up, how airtight and sensationally entertaining the entire film is from minute one. What a masterpiece.
Rated 16 Aug 2008
86
87th
I'm not sure what attracted all these stars to this project, but they've really made a special movie out of a thin script. It's pure entertainment, relying on DiCaprio's charms to carry the bulk of the picture, and he sells it all the way. Hanks is good as the foil, and their cat-and-mouse chase is engaging fun. The supporting cast is peppered with familiar faces, and Kaminski's photography lends the movie an old-time feel that adds to the movie's charm. It's not essential, but it's damn good.
Rated 08 May 2011
87
84th
Knock Knock. Who's there? Go fuck yourself.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
85
75th
Slick film, highly underrated. DiCaprio normally annoys me, but here he is quite good. Tom Hanks is fantastic, as always. I disagree with the notion that Spielberg is in a slump. He does a wonderful job with theis film. The art direction is fantastic in this movie as well.
Rated 08 Feb 2007
82
78th
This is when DiCaprio started his career as one of the greatest actors of our generation. DiCaprio is flawless in this, as well as Tom Hanks. This is one of the best examples of a Cat and Mouse film. Depending on what side of the spectrum your on, you will be pulled into the characters and be forced to cheer for someone. Spielberg does a great job, but at some parts, this film felt rather dull.
Rated 18 Feb 2007
75
64th
Perfect storytelling thanks to Mr. Spielberg, the nice and light performances help too.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
60
38th
Some entertaining bits here and there but nothing stands out as all that interesting or memorable. Spielberg can do much, much better.
Rated 27 Nov 2017
78
72nd
Your son held a PTA meeting the other day and started planning a field trip to the french bread factory.
Rated 15 Jul 2012
50
44th
While not as funny or as clever as the filmmakers clearly intended, this is at least watchable. The usual Spielberg symptoms are present, but in this case the disease expresses itself with a lesser degree of virulence.
Rated 04 Feb 2007
87
77th
A lively and light drama (by Spielberg standards) that features a very charismatic lead turn by Leonardo DiCaprio. And it features a stunning Jennifer Garner in a sultry cameo performance ( as Alias fans know, the girl can do anything).
Rated 20 Jul 2009
3
74th
Charming, DiCaprio shows us once again that he's a very good and capable actor--I can't think of anything that he's been very bad in. Recommended.
Rated 19 Mar 2007
92
96th
Steven Spielberg-lite; a dashing Leo DiCaprio portraying crook Frank Abagnale being pursued by Tom Hanks as an FBI agent. Movies don't get much more laid-back, nor quite as fun. Christopher Walken owns every scene- very entertaining film.
Rated 19 Mar 2007
84
70th
This is a surprisingly entertaining film that is lighthearted and enjoyable the whole way through. DiCaprio is a true star that makes the movie great.
Rated 18 Sep 2011
69
84th
An utterly enjoyable mix of a criminal/cop chase, the adventurous exploits of an interesting man, and a compelling human drama. The close moments between Carl and Frank are wonderful, especially the Christmas scenes. The only complaint I have is that it could have wrapped up a bit quicker.
Rated 07 Mar 2008
95
81st
Great movie with an engrossing story made all the more gripping because it is true! You will not believe what this teenager was able to pull off! DiCaprio and Hanks are great. Drama, humor, suspense, sadness... A good all-around film.
Rated 25 May 2015
83
53rd
Two little Criticker users fell into writer's block while composing their reviews. The first user quickly gave up, assigned the movie a score without making any sort of insightful comment and moved on. But the second user, he struggled so hard that he eventually cranked out a star-worthy review. Amen.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
86
92nd
I normally don't like Leonardo DiCaprio, but here I make an exeption. It's an intriguing and charming movie. Based on a true story, no less. And just so it's said: Christopher Walken rules.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
85
68th
DiCaprio really shows why he's a star in this movie that's perfectly suited to Spielberg's sensibilities.
Rated 27 Jun 2011
79
65th
Ok, I get it now. Crime DOES pay.
Rated 18 Apr 2010
80
80th
Spielberg applies his artisanship and the amazing "based on a true" story takes care of the rest.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
91st
Great film with lots of clever twists and turns, really good acting too, and Christopher Walken is in it! Wicked!
Rated 30 Jan 2015
78
75th
Spielberg doing what he does best. Nice clear storytelling with big heart and light but interesting themes. Another great John Williams fanfare.
Rated 27 Aug 2017
8
76th
Catch me if you Can is a charming and a throughly enjoyable piece of filmmaking from Steven Spielberg. This film strikes just the right balance of a compelling crime drama but with the perfect dosage of light hearted humour and dramatic thrills. The characters are incredibly likeable also and Leonardo DiCaprio gives one of his best performances whilst Tom Hanks is both impressive and effortless as always. Together they bring real chemistry and charm to what is a refreshing gem from Spielberg.
Rated 30 Jan 2012
90
90th
Tom Hanks tells a very funny joke.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
85
50th
Sweet and lowdown stuff, immensely watchable and enjoyable.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
82
73rd
Surprisingly good, if not especially ground-breaking. DiCaprio's performance is charismatic and he basically carries the film on his own, although Hanks has a few good moments. The opening credits are wonderfully retro.
Rated 03 Sep 2017
10
98th
Yes, it's a supremely fun (and perfectly directed) cat-and-mouse crime caper (Frank's slick cons-see especially his original confrontation with Carl-are complimented by his less-than-perfect attempts-"The dog was dead"-and Hanks' charmingly no-nonsense FBI agent-"Go fuck yourself"), but two excellent character dynamics wonderfully acted (see lonely Jr. trying to please the stubbornly proud Sr.; Carl with a soft spot for Frank-see after his arrest: "Don't worry, Frank!" ) make it so much more.
Rated 15 Nov 2020
80
75th
Oh, how surprising. A Spielberg film where the protagonist has a rocky relationship with his father. It's amazing how far you will get on confidence alone. For example, I am confident that these are the best reviews on the internet, and I am just raking it the likes.
Rated 13 Nov 2007
4
74th
Above all else, it's just really fun to watch. The acting from DiCaprio and Hanks is great, and Spielberg gives them plenty of room to stretch their legs. They're both funny, but almost tragic. The music and cinematography are both pretty good too, but it's really the dynamic between the main characters that drives this movie.
Rated 29 Nov 2006
74
43rd
Don't remember it that well, but it featured very cool performances by the lead actors.
Rated 12 Dec 2006
85
82nd
Decent film.
Rated 25 Jul 2016
30
4th
I have tried to watch this film twice and failed to finish it on both occasions which is the first time I think I can say that about any movie. It's hard to even explain why this film just doesn't hold my interest. It's undeniably well made but I think it's just that I don't like and therefore don't care about the characters which may also explain why the humour around them also falls flat for me. It's a strange one as it feels like the story should interest me more than it does in this movie.
Rated 12 Feb 2023
80
68th
I don't think this is among Spielberg's very best films (although I think it's top 10 at least), but it's one of his that I find endlessly enjoyable and rewatchable. There's a seemingly effortless charm to it, both in the performances and Spielberg's uncharacteristically light style. It gestures at bigger themes, but it's real appeal is watching DiCaprio dance his way through a series of implausible cons.
Rated 16 Jun 2008
87
66th
Surprisingly entertaining
Rated 23 Feb 2007
88
0th
This film won't change your life but it's great fun to watch and even more intriguing since the story is true. Strong performances by Hanks and Di Caprio along with a cameo by Jennifer Garner make this film memorable.
Rated 23 Feb 2007
7
68th
Pretty good. Seems to drag at the end though.
Rated 21 Aug 2017
89
83rd
DiCaprio as good as always and I think this role perfectly suits Tom Hanks' combination of great acting chops and near total lack of movie star cool or elan. Hanks as the determined, by the book, tenacious older professional constantly embarrassed by DiCaprio as the brash, brilliant young prodigy is a perfect bit of casting.
Rated 22 Sep 2010
75
92nd
DiCaprio carries this film. The script is nothing spectacular but the movie does its job.
Rated 28 Mar 2007
75
74th
There's really no one I wouldn't recommend CATCH ME IF YOU CAN to, as it is breezy, well-made escapism, and you'll probably have a good time watching it. Spielberg subdues his style, letting the characters drive the story, and the outlandish events provide their own entertainment.
Rated 02 May 2007
94
87th
Speilberg's best film outside of the Jones movies.
Rated 04 Jan 2016
96
75th
A very fun and good movie.
Rated 07 Jan 2011
98
85th
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Rated 17 Apr 2020
89
74th
Catch Me If You Can doesn't really dive that deeply into any meaty themes, but it's still a fun ride that never takes its foot off the gas pedal. DiCaprio and Hanks have great chemistry and the film does an excellent job in portraying the twists and turns of their cat and mouse game.
Rated 02 May 2012
92
62nd
Funny movie that has you on the edge of your seat
Rated 14 Aug 2007
81
68th
Clever and entertaining, good story. One of Speilberg's better ones
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
69th
I loved the book and I also loved the movie!
Rated 23 May 2024
90
0th
One of my favorite movies of Leo and Tom.
Rated 01 May 2009
65
62nd
good!
Rated 23 Oct 2008
95
89th
Amazing movie! Superb story and acting.
Rated 08 Mar 2008
75
56th
I really don't care much for Di Caprio, but this film seemed to fit his character. The best film about a con-man I've seen in a decade.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
51st
Great one!
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
38th
An amusing movie with a lot of heart and charm, but very tedious after a while. A good 30 minutes probably could have been cut without any detriment done to the movie.
Rated 22 Jun 2010
90
54th
stellar performances of both leads Tom Hanks and Leonardo Dicaprio. A wild chase so entertaining.
Rated 29 Apr 2009
50
56th
A little on the long side and a bit more stark than seemed necessary. Nonetheless had some good suspenseful moments and a genuinely clever antihero who was fun to root for. Tom Hanks wasn't very likable, which is unusual and Amy Adams stole every scene she was in.
Rated 26 Aug 2012
100
97th
Wow dicaprio is great in this movie. dare i say even overshadowing tom hanks. The story is gripping and intense and leaves a satisfying conclusion. entertaining from beginning to end.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
75
26th
i'm not a dicaprio fan - but this was cute.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
88
66th
A fresh film that really engages the audience in all of the fun.
Rated 28 Mar 2015
68
67th
3.39/5
Rated 23 Oct 2008
88
91st
"Running away from society" "free as a bird". With a bit of techie stuff (printing presses etc) which makes it a well balanced, very enjoyable movie
Rated 03 Mar 2018
86
84th
Catch Me If You Can is an engrossing story told well
Rated 22 Jan 2009
68
41st
A fun flick, nothing too heavy here, just an entertaining (based on a true) story about a guy who cleverly frauds his way from rags to riches. dicaprio is a pretty dependable actor, and he does a fine job here. also walken is quite good as his father.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
82nd
Slick, entertaining. Spielberg works best without the weight of subtext, really.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
52nd
Tom Hanks & Leonardo DiCaprio star in this classy drama, which hearkens back to a more innocent era and is more fantastic as the bizarre events depicted are based on true events
Rated 05 Sep 2021
7
73rd
Light-hearted and entertaining crime caper but with a underlying sadness evoked by the performances of the 2 leads. The interest comes from the true story behind it.
Rated 26 Jun 2009
70
27th
Good story very entertaining. A bit long.
Rated 09 Dec 2008
100
94th
100
Rated 10 May 2008
84
59th
Nice, just a little too long.
Rated 10 Dec 2009
60
68th
3/5
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
79th
Leonardo di Caprio can act.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
41st
Light and funny movie about creativity and opportunity.
Rated 25 Mar 2010
52
31st
Not bad per se, but I just lost interest. I really didn't care about any of the characters, and the potentially exciting plot was just dull. Cool story, but I just didn't like the movie.
Rated 30 Jul 2009
80
72nd
This inspired me to try check fraud
Rated 01 May 2008
90
84th
really good
Rated 14 Aug 2007
45
59th
i found it contrived and obvious. spielberg's name as a trademark. avoid.
Rated 21 Mar 2010
72
51st
This is a highly engaging film. Abagnale stole the equivalent of over $25 million today, so to go uncaught for as long as he did, at the age of seventeen, is a hell of a story. DiCaprio fills the shoes well, and Tom Hanks plays his role very convincingly. Definitely worth seeing.
Rated 10 Mar 2009
71
48th
Solid and above average the entire way through. Not a great movie but good. DiCaprio is wonderful and so is Hanks, though this is really no surprise.
Rated 30 Jun 2008
100
92nd
FUNNNNNNNNNNNNN
Rated 07 Feb 2008
65
30th
Very entertaining. I admit to being something of Leonard DiCaprio groupie but this was so much fun to watch!
Rated 14 Aug 2007
69
48th
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Rated 14 Aug 2007
9
98th
An immensely likable crime / comedy / drama saga - slick, light, and just a shitload of fun. The two leads are both terrific and their years-long cat and mouse game is as entertaining as any in cinema. John Williams' unusual score is fantastic.
Rated 01 Apr 2011
70
23rd
Well made though it's too smooth to really get to me. And revolves very much around the story, with little development of real characters.
Rated 01 Mar 2009
60
44th
Very good actually
Rated 18 Sep 2008
72
41st
Twisted , Swifted , Splitted!!! Fanny Dramatic movie like Click
Rated 30 Aug 2011
59
59th
A great story and a decent movie. It's worth watching especially if you know nothing about the actual story but I would say the value is diminished if you go into the movie knowing a good deal about the story before hand.
Rated 05 Feb 2008
70
61st
Hate to admit it, But Leo De Crappio's actually good in this. Toe knee :-)
Rated 15 Sep 2007
80
41st
Unbelievable that this character actually exists. Entertaining movie.
Rated 15 Sep 2007
81
75th
I went in expecting to hate this movie. I dislike Leonardo DiCaprio a lot, but I have to admit that this movie was surprisingly decent and LD did not do that bad of a job. It was a good story and worth watching.
Rated 16 Jul 2014
40
29th
Well this is overrated.
Rated 20 Jan 2010
93
96th
Loved the character development in this movie. Long, but never lost my interest.
Rated 29 Jun 2009
90
92nd
Overall Enjoyment: 40/40, Plot/Themes: 15/20, Cinematography/Direction: 15/20, Acting/Writing: 20/20
Rated 04 Nov 2009
75
56th
Buena. Entretenida
Rated 01 Jun 2013
90
77th
90
Rated 18 Oct 2007
90
50th
Fun film and I liked that it is based on a true story.
Rated 18 Oct 2007
90
73rd
Great story, well acted.
Rated 12 Jan 2010
75
65th
An enjoyable and well made film. Both DiCaprio and Hanks do a good job.
Rated 22 Dec 2008
81
74th
Some of the story felt a little farfetched. I know it is based on a true story, but that term can be used loosely. DiCaprio excelled in the lead role. I am starting to come around on him being a good actor and not just someone all the girls swoon over. Hanks is perfect for his role. I enjoyed his knock knock joke. And even though it was a smaller role Walken deserves a mention for his part, too. Good show, just can we get it down to about 2hrs.
Rated 31 Jul 2009
80
55th
Very entertaining. Hanks and Caprio are great.
Rated 16 Nov 2007
50
56th
entertaining in spite of that dicaprio guy.
Rated 05 Dec 2007
20
12th
boring
Rated 03 Jan 2014
96
89th
With help from a strong performance by Leonardo DiCaprio as real-life wunderkind con artist Frank Abagnale, Steven Spielberg crafts a film that's stylish, breezily entertaining, and surprisingly sweet.

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