“The Story Of "Cast Away" Flows The Ocean Current Beautifully. This Is What I Call An Epic Motion-picture.”
Zemeckis tells his story ... with a control magnificent in what isn't shown as much as in what is.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
At its best, Cast Away, like Titanic, awes us with its sheer oceanic sweep and its cosmic apprehension of human insignificance.
Stephen Holden - New York Times
As a FedEx troubleshooter who survives a plane crash, Hanks performs a bravura solo spin.
- USA Today
Director Robert Zemeckis and screenwriter William Broyles Jr. do a great job of keeping the cut-and-dried formula from, well, getting too cut and dried.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
A brave film, and a surprisingly absorbing and finally affecting one, partly because it's about that least American of trinities -- silence, solitariness, and the spiritual deepening impossible to achieve without both.
Jay Carr - Boston Globe
Although Cast Away is very much Hanks's extreme everyman solo, his inanimate Man Friday deserves recognition as one of the year's best supporting actors.
J. Hoberman - Village Voice
Hanks and his collaborators deserve all the praise and awards that surely will come their way.
Eric Harrison - Houston Chronicle
An exquisite film that gratifies our senses and our emotions.
Philip Wuntch - Dallas Morning News
Steven Rosen - Denver Post
Hanks's Everyman quality has never been more aptly utilized: He's the perfect stand-in for all of us who never made it to Eagle Scout.
Peter Rainer - New York Magazine
Tom Hanks does a superb job of carrying Cast Away all by himself for about two-thirds of its running time, but isn't much helped by additional characters in the opening and closing sequences.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Cast Away is an adventure movie of extraordinary simplicity and power.
Michael Wilmington - Chicago Tribune
While Cast Away works as a simple saga of survival, the film plays on deeper levels too.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
Cast Away amounts to little more than an unprecedented showcase for its star.
Susan Stark - Detroit News
Takes admirable risks while avoiding pitfalls.
Emanuel Levy - Variety
A blockbuster with the soul of an art film, Cast Away is an enormously gratifying surprise ending to a generally disappointing year at the movies.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
This second section is a masterpiece of filmmaking and a tour de force of acting.
Jay Boyar - Orlando Sentinel
The scenes of Hanks' complete isolation on the island, where barely a sound is heard for minutes at a time, are the best thing about Cast Away.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Worth the trip.
Sean Means - Film.com
Cast Away isn't the first to recognize our modern need for primal tales, but it is among the most accomplished. It plugs straight into our unplugged fantasies.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
Cast Away is a sad movie of the sort that Hollywood almost never makes: not three-hankie sad, not 'go have yourself a good cry' sad, but the kind of thing that, if you let it in deep enough, can send a shudder to your very soul.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
Has all the hallmarks of a great motion picture: well-developed characters, solid drama, non-traditional adventure, and an intelligent script.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Zemeckis does an excellent job of finding visual means to express Chuck's isolation and thought process.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
Hanks conducts a master class in acting by showing a man losing his sense of himself in fractional gradations.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
A handsomely made, instructive but finally tedious blow-by-blow training film on island survival that it throws the entire venture out of balance, capsizing the enterprise and making it difficult to keep any kind of message afloat.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
John A. Nesbit - Old School Reviews
Tom Hanks' powerful, brutal and mature story.
Nell Minow - Common Sense Media
As melancholy as it is affirming, "Cast Away" tells a darkly comic, occasionally punishing parable about what happens when humans lose sight of humility in life's grand scheme - an interesting thematic twin to Tom Hanks' own "Joe vs. the Volcano."
Nick Rogers - Suite101.com
Remains one of the more vividly transporting films I've come into contact with. It's heartbreaking, darkly comedic, bravely observational, and ultimately, pure emotional poetry.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
This is a very original film. There's hope for Hollywood yet, folks.
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
The beginning and ending of the film are a bit underdeveloped, but that's just quibbling.
Bob Grimm - Sacramento News & Review
Zemeckis' tranquil control never wavers.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
I wish that all of the film's 144 minutes were spent alone with Hanks.
James Plath - DVDTown.com
James Plath - Movie Metropolis
This is Mr. Zemeckis' most confident directing to date. If he only had as much faith in his audience.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
Thoroughly entertaining and skillfully rendered.
Doris Toumarkine - Film Journal International
Though Hanks comes across as blandly as ever, at least his solid performance shows he's up to carrying half a movie on his own, and Zemeckis' direction is at first as busily efficient as the protagonist.
Geoff Andrew - Time Out
It's really kind of ironic. The old Chuck's life is ruled by the clock. Once he's learned better, we don't get enough time with him because the author's decided it was time to go. Oh, well.
Ron Wells - Film Threat
While his philosophical ventures seem stuck in the shallow end of the pool, Zemeckis takes an important step forward as a filmmaker.
Jeffrey Overstreet - Looking Closer
This isn't a first time a long-awaited movie has turned out to be a crushing disappointment and it won't be the last, but the loss is made even more wrenching when one considers how little it would have taken to make Cast Away a great movie.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
It's a risky venture, and a fascinating, straightforward glimpse into the soul of a man.
Jeanne Aufmuth - Palo Alto Weekly
When I prayed to the film divinities that I wanted less Tom Hanks at the movies, I didn't just mean that I wanted him to be thinner.
Nick Davis - Nick's Flick Picks
If all of Cast Away were as gripping as its long midsection, it would be overwhelming; still, even with its flaws, it marks another milestone performance for Tom Hanks as well as for Robert Zemeckis.
John R. McEwen - Film Quips Online
Cast Away says what you (yes, you) would end up doing if you were on a deserted island.
Jeff Ryan - Katrillion.com
An enjoyable, moving drama in which you'll believe a man can love a volleyball. Highly recommended.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Hanks made more faces and walked around with his mouth open more than I might have liked, but he has a way of revealing his thoughts without words that kept me intrigued.
Jean Lowerison - San Diego Metropolitan
The challenge to the character is matched by the challenge to the actor; for most of the movie Mr. Hanks is the only human being we see or hear. He tackles the job with stunning confidence in a performance stripped of gimmicks and driven by need.
Margaret A. McGurk - Cincinnati Enquirer
Cast Away remains daring and quite unique even though it could have been even more, and Hanks' performance is really something to be seen.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
In addition to Hanks' superb acting, amazing cinematography by Don Burgess helps lift this movie above the ordinary.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
An awesome movie.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
Hanks fans may very well love this movie, but it does not fulfill its promise.
Gina Carbone - Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
A technical marvel with indelible scenes that linger long after the movie has ended.
Glenn Whipp - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
the usually flashy and fun-loving Zemeckis opts for an almost documentary-style approach here, with cunning use of silence, darkness and the sound of pounding rain to convey Chuck's disorientation and desperation.
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
Ha um filme belissimo escondido em Naufrago. Infelizmente, ele esta enterrado no meio de duas extremidades que deixam muito a desejar.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
Chuck has flashes of ingenuity that filled me with the thrill of discovery and invention, and stretches of failure that I felt just as acutely.
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
One more project like this (or Gump) and this could be the best actor/director team since DeNiro and Scorsese.
Collin Souter - eFilmCritic.com
- Boston Phoenix
There's something inherently compelling about the situation, even if the movie screwed up on the specifics.
Jeremy Heilman - MovieMartyr.com
Two hours of good movie were only moderately spoiled by thirty minutes of Nora Ephron-style dreck.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr. - Goatdog's Movies
Hanks and Zemeckis begin with an intriguing premise...and, by the film's end, smother that premise under a tidal wave of sentimentality and schmaltz.
Gabriel Shanks - Mixed Reviews
The script is insightful and unafraid to tackle very serious issues head on. And the performances are brilliant.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
If I didn't know any better I'd say that this film was written in order for Tom Hanks to win yet another Academy Award. Yikes! He may pull it off.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
If the stuff on the island is very, very good, let us at least admit that everything else could have been a lot worse. I mean, Ron Howard could have directed it, right?
Jeremiah Kipp - Flipside Movie Emporium
Thank God there's no Friday.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
I found Cast Away very transporting, all the more so the second time around.
Bill Chambers - Film Freak Central
Hanks delivers one of the best performances of the year. He did this despite great difficulties, among them: Zemeckis and his collaborator, Broyles.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
...a good title, good acting, good effects, plentiful bonus features, three mediocre stories, and a volleyball. And they say 2000 was a bad year for films!
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
The bottom line is that Cast Away is reaching for so many cosmic truths that it never achieves the emotional kick that any survival story must have.
Stephen Farber - Movieline
For much of the time, Hanks is on screen by himself, his only dialogue addressed to an inanimate ball. A lesser performer would have made it an unendurable ordeal.
George Perry - BBC
A film that soars above the standard big-budget Hollywood fare.
Andrew Howe - eFilmCritic.com
All problems aside, "Cast Away" delivers some amazing moments of cinematic beauty.
Wesley Lovell - Oscar Guy
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
Tom Hanks does an exceptional job as the only real character in the film
Blake French - NutzWorld
Es un filme sobrecogedor y motivante que dejara una honda huella emocional en quien tenga la oportunidad de experimentarlo
Jorge Avila Andrade - Moviola
it is testament to the acting prowess and undeniable humanity exuded by Tom Hanks that he can carry long stretches of the film literally by himself
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Scott A. Mantz - Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
- Empire Magazine
Cast Away is a significant achievement of this, or any other, year.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
Matt Easterbrook - Matt's Movie Reviews
Come to this film with an open mind, and enjoy its compelling mood, its exotic, deadly danger-in-beauty-of-nature setting and Tom Hanks' riveting performance.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
- Ebert & Roeper
- Irish Times
This is one of those love it or hate its...I completely loved it. Even its unorthodox ending...I find Hanks mesmerizingly talented.
Emily Blunt - Blunt Review
An interesting and courageous experiment....[but] risk-taking in itself does not guarantee a great film
Carlo Cavagna - AboutFilm.com
Picture any other actor in this virtually one-man show and ask yourself if you'd be interested in spending two hours alone with him on an island.
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
This is a good film; if it had stuck to its guns, it could have become a cinema classic.
Ian Waldron-Mantgani - UK Critic
... fascinating, moving, full of meaning and well worth investing 143 minutes of your life.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Hanks' sympathetic performance and Broyles's detailed script are above average and not a bad way to spend a few hours during the holidays.
Marty Mapes - Movie Habit
I felt like the real ending had been Cast Away.
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
...an odd and unbalanced undertaking that pays distinctive attention to the appropriate elements but then draws back at all the wrong moments...
David Keyes - Cinemaphile.org
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
Quite entertaining, and well worth seeing, if only for Hanks' sensational performance.
David Forsmark - Credo
While Hanks' performance is masterful in this tale of survival, the movie runs out of steam, and direction, at the end.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Dig deep and you'll find a film that's even richer than what its handsome surface seems to reveal.
Joe Baltake - Sacramento Bee
Cast Away is, in many ways, a bold, adventurous bid for Oscardom. Unfortunately, what it delivers for audiences, as opposed to Oscar voters, is a little questionable.
Doug Kim - Seattle Times
As they did in Forrest Gump, Zemeckis and Hanks go Big Theme hunting. This time their prey eludes them.
Todd Anthony - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
John Anderson - Newsday
Cast Away has a marshmallow middle that feels empty at the core.
Bruce Newman - San Jose Mercury News
If you've seen the trailer or the commercials, you know the story, but that doesn't mean you've seen the movie.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
Tom Hanks stands three coconuts above the CBS whiners and gives an astounding performance as a modern-day Robinson Crusoe.
- E! Online
In terms of story and pacing, the whole of Cast Away is a lot less then the sum of its parts.
Paul Clinton (CNN.com) - CNN.com
Movies that are supposed to be about the 'journeys of the heart' very rarely have real heart. Cast Away is a major exception.
Mary F. Pols - Contra Costa Times
Cast Away has the smooth, steady, luxury-car elegance of an outing shaped by people at the top of their craft.
Donald Munro - Fresno Bee
An eloquently told story that leaves around it enough space, and enough time, so that we can fill in the ironies on our own.
Jay Stone - Ottawa Citizen
A moving and artful odyssey, a reminder that no matter how much we try to beat the clock, time will grind ever forward.
Tor Thorsen - Reel.com
Daring and accomplished.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
Tom Hanks is in nearly every frame of Cast Away -- for more than an hour of the film, he's literally the only human being on the screen -- and yet you never grow tired of watching him.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
Cast Away is not a great movie, but it showcases a great performance as rich in subtlety as it is in depth.
Louis B. Hobson - Jam! Movies
Something we've long suspected turns out to be true: You really could put Tom Hanks on a desert island, film it, and wind up with an entertaining movie.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
The producers of Survivor only wish they could come up with a story as compelling and ultimately human as Cast Away.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
This is no holiday, and certainly no game show. The movie has depth.
Bruce Kirkland - Jam! Movies
Cast Away is worth your while long before you reach the anti-climactic ending.
Jim Chastain - Norman Transcript
In the end Cast Away is good enough that you'll forgive [Zemeckis] for making Contact, Forrest Gump and What Lies Beneath.
Dave White - IFilm
Even those who perceived Gump as nothing but a smug affirmation of mealymouthed platitudes, and thus hated it, may well be surprised at the subtleties and emotional depth that Cast Away eventually reaches.
Andy Klein - TNT's Rough Cut
The filmmakers risk your impatience to take us inside almost every detail of the marooned man's life, and the risk pays off.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
On those rare occasions when Hollywood tries, it can still produce great films.
Dave Kehr - Citysearch
Another impeccable piece of craftsmanship from Zemeckis.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Hanks' physical transformation also sets Cast Away apart, but what's most compelling is the way it gives the audience credit for being able to put the pieces together.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Jim Judy - Screen It!
Zemeckis does a sturdy, absorbing job with the island and ocean scenes.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
Zemeckis is a capable director, so despite the misguided concept, the movie is anything but inept.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
It's easy now to take Hanks' acting for granted, but his work here is astonishing, among the best in his illustrious career. If Cast Away disappoints, it's only because the presumption of excellence is so strong.
Glenn Whipp - Los Angeles Daily News
A gripping tale of a man against the elements.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
Has no shortage of compelling moments.
Michael Tunison - Boxoffice Magazine
The choppy narrative makes Chuck's ordeal seem more brief than it is. As shown, it's merely the world's worst layover.
Steve Schneider - Orlando Weekly
Hanks turns in an Oscar-worthy performance yet again.
Lawrence Terenzi - Mr. Showbiz
Is nothing less than the best movie of the year.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Cast Away's finest moments consist of Hanks alone with his surroundings.
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
This is something you've got to see even with the flaws.
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
A tour de force, a courageous and surprisingly un-self-indulgent exercise in pared-down acting that makes Hanks, yet again, a likely Oscar contender.
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Add in Chuck's deteriorating hold on sanity -- evinced by the inspired conceit of his relationship with a volleyball on which he's drawn a face -- and you have a long middle section of bravura filmmaking.
Frank Lovece - TV Guide's Movie Guide
You will not be bored for a second.
Edward Johnson-Ott - NUVO Newsweekly
For a critic quite prepared to dismiss the movie as Robinson Blew So, this comes as the season's most delightful surprise.
Gregory Weinkauf - New Times
What a better cinematic palette we would have if stars wielded their clout like this more often."
Jeffrey Huston - Jeff Huston's Believe Me
As thought-provoking as star-driven blockbuster fare gets.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
An unforgettable film.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Under the direction of Forest Gump director Robert Zemeckis, Hanks performance is marvelous.
Tony Toscano - Talking Pictures (U.S.)
Pulls the audience in with sure-footed storytelling and a commendable performance by Hanks in a very demanding role.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
A model of restrained storytelling that's studded with a series of pure emotional peaks.
Tom Block - culturevulture.net
A film brimming over-the-top with realism and features one of our most treasured (and likable) actors, Tom Hanks, in an incredible, virtually silent performance as a survivor.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
One thing is bound to come out of Cast Away -- a deserved best actor nomination for Hanks.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Hanks has little besides his body at his disposal, and the actor still creates one of the most poignant and tragic characters ever committed to celluloid.
Chuck Rudolph - Matinee Magazine
A heavy-handed Hymn to the Human Spirit, and a pretty joyless one at that.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
It was the tail of the tale, the last 25 minutes, that left me marooned.
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
Unusual and remarkable.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Zemeckis pulls off his best directorial effort yet, and that's quite a statement considering the films he already has under his belt.
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
Can a movie that spends about 80% of its runtime alone on an island with one man actually not be boring? You bet.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
May ultimately underachieve, but the soul that Hanks brings to the role -- and the film -- must not be underrated.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
It's not just a movie -- it's an experience.
Susan Granger - rec.arts.movies.reviews
A gung ho FedEx systems engineer stranded on a deserted island cultivates the spiritual practice of hope and learns to respect the mysteries of the present moment.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
A cinematic triumph, a motion picture so rich with honest emotions and ideas that it comes as a relative surprise that this is a big-budget, star vehicle.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Hanks deserves a lot of credit for tackling this role, not only for the physical hardships he endured. Yes, it's Best Actor nomination (and possibly a third win) time for America's favorite thespian again.
Laura Clifford - rec.arts.movies.reviews
It just so happens that Cast Away is one of the best films of the year.
David N. Butterworth - rec.arts.movies.reviews
This is a better story than the platitude that it seems to build up to in the final scene. But it was not all the film it could have been if Zemeckis would have realized where his best material lay.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
The major fault of the film lies in the capricious ending...
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews