Critic Consensus: As comfortingly workmanlike as its protagonist, Sully makes solid use of typically superlative work from its star and director to deliver a quietly stirring tribute to an everyday hero.
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as Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger
as Jeff Skiles
as Diane Higgins
as Lucille Palmer
as Charles Porter
as Ben Edwards
as Elizabeth Davis
as Mike Cleary
as Lorraine Sullenberger
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Critic Reviews for Sully
Sully is about the man who landed the plane on the Hudson. Who better for Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger than Tom Hanks in white hair and matching moustache?
How do you make a full-length feature film about the "miracle on the Hudson", dramatic and inspiring as it may be? Easy. You get Clint Eastwood, 86, to direct.
Even a likable and authoritative performance from Tom Hanks can't keep this movie in the air.
Obviously only one man could play such a solid figure of American heroism: Tom Hanks.
Sully is the kind of film that Howard Hawks might have made in times gone by. It's a tale of quiet, unfussy heroism; of highly trained professionals doing their jobs in the most challenging circumstances imaginable.
Audience Reviews for Sully
No easy feat to tell a story everyone knows turned out happily in an interesting and exciting way. Eastwood manages by not giving a shit about chronology, finding just the right emotions and being able to rely on one of the most convincing actors working today. It's also a movie about New York coming together again and healing after events that did not end quite as well a few years earlier.
The story is structured quite oddly. With multiple depictions of the crash landing, one feels Eastwood was really stretching to turn a 30 minute melodrama into an unimpressive hour and a half film. Hanks and Eckhart are good in their roles, but the material is presented with all the clarity of a bird strike.
Tom Hanks and the movie's last half hour save this lousy hagiography from being a complete disaster, but that after a lot of hideous, expository dialogue and useless flashbacks that don't offer any insight into anything - all just to convince us with few arguments that he is a hero.
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