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Beirut Reviews

August 26, 2018
But while the philosophy of Beirut is lacking, the film is generally entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 20, 2018
Tony Gilroy's script is intricate and intelligent, with an appropriately cynical view of US foreign relations. And Hamm makes hay with his best role since Mad Men.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 12, 2018
An enjoyably pacey spy picture, unfolding against the backdrop of a country that has imploded.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 10, 2018
At times it feels like a slightly less expensive Munich, or Homeland in artificial fabrics. Yet the performances are uniformly gritty and the script by Tony Gilroy does a nice job of balancing geopolitical nous with brisk storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 10, 2018
Kudos to Anderson and Gilroy for making a low-action, dialogue-heavy geopolitical thriller in this day and age.
| Original Score: 3/5
August 8, 2018
It's Hamm's world-weary charisma that locks you in. The Negotiator proves he's got the A-list chops to join the big boys.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 8, 2018
Dyspeptic wisdoms from Hamm about survival politics in conflict zones precede the slide into chase action and ticking-bomb deadlines.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 8, 2018
Despite possessing unusually detailed context for a thriller, it's a bit like diplomatic efforts in the region: the same old story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 27, 2018
Beirut [is] a highly efficient thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
July 27, 2018
Beirut is a fairly standard thriller but it's tightly plotted, well-composed and there's at least one twist you genuinely don't see coming.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 26, 2018
As a personal statement it may belong more to its screenwriter and producer, Tony Gilroy...More shrewdly realistic than the average Hollywood political thriller, Beirut remains open to accusations of self-involvement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 20, 2018
Gilroy paints a nuanced picture of the civil conflict in Lebanon, noting the U.S. and Israeli agendas at work and the inner tensions of the PLO, yet this information serves to clarify and accelerate the action.
April 13, 2018
Beirut a handsomely mounted Middle Eastern Bridge of Spies I almost couldn't help but enjoy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 13, 2018
With four Bourne thrillers to his credit, it's safe to assume that screenwriter Tony Gilroy could have penned this in his sleep. He didn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 13, 2018
Jon Hamm adds movie-star class and a world-weary Don Draper touch to this mediocre spy thriller containing plot twists you may think are reductive of the Muslim world. You're not wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 13, 2018
Beirut is as solid a film as Hamm is a performer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 13, 2018
There are no extraneous pieces, everything fits together like a puzzle. And Hamm is that puzzle's key piece.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 12, 2018
This is an old-fashioned spy thriller, and as such it succeeds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
April 12, 2018
It's hardly a stretch for Hamm to play a man who's clever, disenchanted, and charismatically dissolute. But he does it as surely as he ever has, and Pike is more convincing as a Yank than she was a German in 7 Days in Entebbe.
April 12, 2018
The film's biggest asset is the powerful performance by Jon Hamm as Skiles, a tortured man who struggles to find his way through a labyrinth of violence and betrayal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 12, 2018
The plot takes so many twists and is so complicated by labyrinthine international affairs of state that it's easy for the viewer to get lost. You also get the feeling that certain sociopolitical complexities have been ignored or elided.
April 11, 2018
Hamm brings a poignant world-weariness to Skiles, and Pike brings to her role a persuasive grittiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 11, 2018
Damn, is it good to watch a movie that expects the audience to pay attention and that doesn't pander to the least common denominator.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 11, 2018
'Beirut' should have the grace to tell a story at least as good as the native one it eschewed, but instead we're plunged into a murky geopolitical morass peopled with paper-thin characters with little emotional resonance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
April 11, 2018
This is Hamm's best leading role to date, a reminder of how good he can be when he's given the right material.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 11, 2018
It may be a mostly pessimistic portrait of its time and place, but it offers hope, if only that movies of its style, scope and smarts can still get made.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 10, 2018
Gilroy is a master at laying out a twisty plot, and Anderson directs with the kind of verve that enables almost all the twists to hit us with the force of surprise.
April 10, 2018
Contains all the elements of a fun, snappy, pre-summer jaunt, and yet the film is actively in competition with itself. The tone is grim and honest when it wants to be, but not necessarily when it needs to be.
April 10, 2018
Beirut is not a deft character study. It's not a heart-pumping, thrill-a-second action flick either. It languishes somewhere in the middle, making it a mildly frustrating viewing experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 10, 2018
This is a good movie for Hamm, and also for Pike who, in her recent films, has too often been either a madwoman or a victim of circumstance (and sometimes both).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 10, 2018
The pleasure...of Beirut is watching Hamm and his associates encounter the conflicting factions at play, work out what's actually going on, and then find a way to defuse the situation, most likely by getting each involved party what it wants.
April 10, 2018
The absence of Arab voices beyond those of the terrorists further flattens a movie that never fully takes satisfying shape.
April 10, 2018
In the tightly plotted espionage thriller Beirut, Jon Hamm has finally gotten a movie script that lets him strut his stuff.
April 10, 2018
The screenwriterly ironies and jaundiced attitude toward international politics at least keep moving-enough to make this efficient, quality hackwork seem like a throwback to an earlier generation of Hollywood thrillers.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
April 9, 2018
Pike is terrific, and Hamm has a credibly bleary, weary look.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 7, 2018
The performances are strong and the story is absorbing; a smart diversion for adult attention spans.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
April 5, 2018
[Jon Hamm's] raw charisma, and near-peerless ability to sweat martinis through a disheveled linen suit and still look stylish, sends the film's moral compass spinning - exactly as it should.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 24, 2018
Brad Anderson's Beirut doesn't quite make foreign espionage look fun, but it shows how it might appeal to the sort of masochist who's also an adrenaline addict.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 24, 2018
Mostly the film trades in an agreeably old-school form of cinematic espionage intrigue.
January 24, 2018
Beirut proves surprisingly sensitive in its handling of the Middle East, mapping out an area of nuanced power struggle rather than a cartoon Casablanca-style warzone.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 23, 2018
The stakes in "Beirut" are high (a high-ranking official has been kidnapped, and everyone seems convinced that he's going to spill all kinds of secrets), but [Jon] Hamm lopes through the process without much conviction.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
January 23, 2018
Like any good spy tale, there's the wounded man in the center, and [Jon] Hamm (mostly bouncing off his CIA handler Rosamund Pike) has got the hollow hero thing down after seven seasons of Mad Men.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 23, 2018
A period political thriller whose motivations remain timely.