The Courier

critic Reviews

, 87% 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.
  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Stephanie ZacharekTIME Magazine
    The Courier is almost two films in one: the second half is much darker and more intense than the first, but the shift is so delicately abrupt that at first you barely register it. That's part of the movie's edgily engaging artistry...
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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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    Sean CollierBox Office Prophets
    Whether or not you end up caring about Wynne and Penkovsky ... the can-they-pull-this-off factor is more than enough to keep you engaged.
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    Candice McMillanSeattle Refined
    We never feel tested by the subjects on screen. At no point is any of this over our heads, and, honestly, isn't that the fun of political thrillers: feeling like these people know more than you and will find the solution in a way you couldn't anticipate?
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    Kim HughesOriginal Cin
    Director Dominic Cooke's well-crafted and finely acted film is another jewel in the spy-thriller canon.
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    Norman WilnerNOW Toronto
    There's a slow-burning elegance to this British espionage drama...
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