4 out of 5 stars
As cool as Catch Me If You Can, as tense as Munich at times and as historically worthy as Lincoln or Schindler’s List; this solid entry in Spielberg’s filmography is one of his more subtle and restrained outings, yet equally satisfying to watch. Kudos to a thoughtful and well thought out script that manages to interweave and juxtapose contrasting strands of narrative in a cinematically fluent manner and also wring tension even out of a story where we could easily guess the ending. As for Tom Hanks, his Atticus Finch-like principled and fair-minded Everyman, was put to great effect in a film which starts off as a legal drama and ends up more political and soul-searching. In the end, however, it is Mark Rylance, in an understating role, who stands out in the film, with a quietly exquisite performance which is not only memorable but also very moving.