The Courier

critic Reviews

, 86% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • The Courier delivers a rousingly effective old-school spy adventure elevated by a thrilling fact-based story and Benedict Cumberbatch's nervy central performance.
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    Wenlei MaNews.com.au
    A skilled, suspenseful and propulsive historical drama.
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    tt stern-enziWXIX-TV (Cincinnati, OH)
    [Benedict Cumberbatch is] the perfect actor for this kind of role.
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    Sandra HallSydney Morning Herald
    It's a difficult scene to bring off, yet Cumberbatch makes it seem effortless.
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    Stephen RomeiThe Australian
    I did not know Wynne's story, so for this viewer The Courier developed into an old-fashioned will-they-be-caught thriller.
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    Becca JamesChicago Reader
    The heightened level of emotion [Rachel Brosnahan and Jessie Buckley] provide propels the story and Cumberbatch forward, keeping viewers engaged as they approach a climactic ending.
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    Lindsey BahrAssociated Press
    While it might not be on the same level as "Bridge of Spies," it's solid, well-acted and enjoyable nonetheless. Just don't use it as the text for any history reports.
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    Ron WilkinsonIt's Just Movies
    A parade of lethal errors and a success story of defusing the Cuban missile crisis told with first rate production beginning to end.
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    Abbie BernsteinAssignment X
    Brosnahan manages to combine a period-perfect look and a sense of timeless competence as the determined Donovan, and Jessie Buckley is affecting as Wynne's understandably bewildered wife.
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    Ruth MaramisFlixChatter Film Blog
    Despite committed performances from the two leads, good performances alone can't save this film. The real issue is in the script, direction and overall aesthetic... in that order. Wish this one were much more exciting given the intriguing subject matter.
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    Jim Schembrijimschembri.com
    The film's third act provides great drama about the power of moral obligation and the inner strength Wynne had to call upon to survive his ordeal. It also clocks in as another recent film about the strength of male friendship.
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