Oscar winning director Clint Eastwood’s latest feature tells the story of Captain Chesley Burnett “Sully” Sullenberger, the captain who safely navigated his disabled plane into the Hudson River after birds had crashed into the engines. The film offers a new perspective on the flight and on the investigations that took place afterwards. With Tom Hanks in the leading role, the drama is already generating awards buzz.
At this writing, Sully has a strong 82% positive rating on RottenTomatoes.com. That number will likely change as new reviews pour in.
We’ve looked over a lot of the new reviews and here’s a list of a few of the must-read Sully reviews below (and make sure you check out our own review here).
Nell Minow, Beliefnet.com: “The script from screenwriter Todd Komarnicki, based in part on Sullenberger’s book, is one of the most well-crafted, tightly constructed screenplays of the year, efficient in providing us the information we need without getting us lost in technical jargon, and making each return to the crisis moment more revealing and more compelling.”Check out the full review here.
Kurt Loder, Reason.com: “even at 95 minutes the picture feels stretched and padded.” Check out the full review here.
Jake Coyle, Associated Press: “Instead of the rush of euphoria that the “Miracle on the Hudson” swept through a New York accustomed to only tragedy from the air, we get a weary parable that, as Eastwood has often done, pulls the curtain away from a celebrated public figure and reveals the inner trauma and sense of responsibility that lies inside a regular man thrust into an unwanted spotlight.” Check out the full review here.
Ann Hornaday, Washington Post: “After a summer of bombast and belly-flops, the fall movie season gets off to a refreshingly sure-footed start with “Sully,” a four-square, upstanding, rock-solid example of filmmaking at its most direct and honestly affecting.”Check out the full review here.
Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times: “The editing and the special effects and the performances are so pitch-perfect, this is as close as you’d ever want to come to being on that flight on that January day. ‘Sully’ is an absolute triumph.” Check out the full review here.
Peter Travers, RollingStone.com: “The movie earns your attention and respect by digging deep, by finding the fear and self-doubt inside a man who’d never accept being defined as a hero. It’s an eye-opener.” Check out the full review here.
Pete Hammon, Deadline.com: “Eastwood, at 86, continues to be a marvel, and this stands as one of the four-time Oscar winner’s best films — in fact, his best since Best Picture winner Million Dollar Baby.” Check out the full review here.
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, AVClub.com: “Sully finds notes of absurd and macabre humor and poignant humanity—and a portrait of doubt that’s all the more memorable because it comes by way of the soft-spoken, mustachioed airline captain Chesley Sullenberger, one of the least compromised heroes in Eastwood’s latter-day oeuvre.” Check out the full review here.
yChris Nashawaty, EW.com: “Ben-Hur announces itself as the sort of elemental re-imagining of the source material that no one in their right mind would ever expect it to be.” Check out the full review here.
Brian Truitt, USAToday.com: “While it’s not a biopic per se, some of the main character’s backstory — and how this guy was able to steely save all 155 aboard — is hinted at too fleetingly, and what’s learned of his personal life is gleaned haphazardly from teary calls between Sully and his worried wife.” Check out the full review here.
If you want to read our perspective on the film, click here for our review.
Sully is now in theaters nationwide.