After "Munich" and "Lincoln," I was hoping for more groundbreaking, late-game Spielberg -- what we have instead is a Hollywoodesque, traditional spy film played straight, across the board. Entertaining while not exemplary, intelligent while not terribly thought-provoking. Well-shot, of course, with solid work from Rylance.
Had high hopes based on the press reviews but came out disappointed at the surfeit of apple pie. I don't know if the Capra-esque elements that many are commenting on are deliberate, but I yearned for something with more bite. Nevertheless, it almost goes without saying that the whole thing is immaculately put together and Hanks and Rylance work with and off each other beautifully.
If it was only for the choice and brilliant performance of Mark Rylance alone, I could have rated the film 5 stars...but then there's all the rest. The factual veracity of the story (if that's ever possible to achieve) is far from enough to make it the great film that it wants to be. Spielberg should try one or two new tricks and drop the persistent patriotic subjects to seriously boost his films up. Mild 3 stars.