11 April 2014 12:04 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

In the wake of his untimely death, every yet-unseen Philip Seymour Hoffman performance is going to be a bittersweet gift. Based on early reviews, A Most Wanted Man lives up to everything we’d come to expect from the formidable talent.

Director Anton Corbijn’s slow-burning, atmospheric spy thriller tells the story of Gunter Bachmann (Hoffman), a German intelligence operative tracking terrorist activities in Hamburg. Based on John le Carré’s intricate 2008 novel, the investigation finds him entangled with a human rights attorney (Rachel McAdams), a banker (Willem Dafoe), and a powerful CIA agent (Robin Wright).

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