(2016)

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74

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90
A vigorous and involving salute to professionalism and being good at your job, Sully vividly portrays the physical realities and human elements in the dramatic safe landing of a crippled US Airways jet on the Hudson River on January 15, 2009.
88
At its heart, this is a thrilling tribute to a modest hero who rose to an extraordinary occasion.
85
Sully, an honest, skillful rumination on what makes a hero, is just one more example of how Eastwood, having directed movies only slightly longer than his protagonist had been flying planes, is still a masterful pilot himself.
75
The reason why the movie works at all is Hanks.
75
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In the end it's really Eastwood who makes sure the film transcends the typical biopic tropes. At a spry 86 it's unclear how much longer he'll remain behind the director's chair, but “Sully” proves that with the proper material and actors he can still stir emotions with the best of them.
70
With his snowy white hair and moustache to match, Hanks conveys a man confident in his abilities, yet humble in his actions, which could also be said of Eastwood as a director.
70
Though not always as confident outside of the cockpit, Sully mostly earns its crowd-pleasing, lump-in-your-throat sentiment.
67
With Tom Hanks appropriately cast as good-natured Sully, Eastwood delivers an earnest, straightforward look at the way the captain's professionalism saved the day. But while that aspect of the movie hits more than a few obvious notes, the crash is the real star of the show.
67
With Tom Hanks appropriately cast as good-natured Sully, Eastwood delivers an earnest, straightforward look at the way the captain's professionalism saved the day. But while that aspect of the movie hits more than a few obvious notes, the crash is the real star of the show.
60
Sully is so square, it's a wonder it even gets airborne. Hanks's walking iceberg never thaws; the actor is never as vulnerable as he was in Captain Phillips.
60
Hanks delivers an internal and sympathetic performance. Eastwood doesn't burrow too deeply into his protagonist's psyche, other than to visibly demonstrate that he's haunted by the landing. Still, Hanks, who's uncommonly, well, sullen, for much of the film, goes a long way to convey Sullenberger's conflicted anguish.

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