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3,144 Ratings

Captain Fantastic

Directed by Matt Ross
United States, 2015


Deep in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a devoted father raises his six kids in isolation from society. But when a tragedy strikes the family, they are forced to leave this self-created paradise and begin a journey into the outside world, challenging his idea of what it means to be a parent.

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Captain Fantastic Directed by Matt Ross

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2016 | Winner: Un Certain Regard - Directing Prize

Academy Awards

2017 | Nominee: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

Independent Spirit Awards

2017 | Nominee: Best Male Lead

There’s something perversely ingenious about Captain Fantastic… It is an independent film that seems to be as meticulously calculated to meet the expectations of its audience as any studio-made intergalactic adventure. Though it’s not an especially good movie, it’s a very skillfully constructed one, and it runs on a fantasy that’s as persuasive and as credible to its target audience as comic-book adventures are to a different viewership.
August 05, 2016
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Perhaps it’s no surprise that Ross ends up nudging the movie into more generic terrain. He never sells out his characters, but after all the radical power-to-the people talk he finally comes down on the side of compromise and the soft landing. It’s left to Mortensen, who can make menace feel like vulnerability, to keep the movie from slipping into sentimentality. He’s the most obvious reason to see it, although Ross’s insistence on taking your intelligence for granted is itself a great turn on.
July 07, 2016
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It’s enjoyable the way Matthew Ross’s screenplay and direction try to denaturalize ordinary American life as it’s lived in the suburbs, but nothing everyone hasn’t thought a million times before. To provide mainstream balance, Ross tempers Mortensen’s nobility by presenting him as a danger to his family, a radical who hasn’t really thought things through.
February 24, 2017
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