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Detroit Free Press:
Mindful in many ways of Spielberg's very first feature, the good-natured fugitives-on-the run drama The Sugarland Express.
The movie feels like the work of a filmmaker who has earned himself a break. Because it's Spielberg, the audience gets to share in the party.
Ebert & Roeper:
Spielberg perfectly re-creates the fashions, the mood and the trends of the '60s, and DiCaprio and Hanks have a lot of fun with their roles.
It's a technically superb film, shining with all the usual Spielberg flair, expertly utilizing the talents of his top-notch creative team.
New York Times:
The most charming of Mr. Spielberg's mature films, because is it so relaxed.
Ultimately about fathers and sons -- but it's also about the pleasures of telling a good story, with retro charm to spare.
If this fact-based tale of a wunderkind swindler suffers from the director's gigantism, it's still lighter on its feet than anything he's made since Jurassic Park.
Los Angeles Times:
For all his genre-hopping and shape-shifting Spielberg seems to have become too big to tell small stories, which is one reason why the film sputters on one too many false endings.
Catch Me if You Can is one of those deceptively slight offerings that manages to reveal more about its maker than the intended masterpieces often do.
This is one of the most consistent and perfectly balanced films of Spielberg's career.
Paul Clinton (CNN.com),
Wildly entertaining from start to finish.
This breezy caper movie becomes a soulful, incisive meditation on the way we were, and the way we are.
DiCaprio, though 27 when the film was shot, has just the right touch of baby-cheeked deadpan innocence to make you believe in the schemes of this eager boy grifter.
Dallas Morning News:
Mr. Spielberg and his company just want you to enjoy yourselves without feeling conned. And they succeed merrily at their noble endeavor.
A very adult, very funny, very well-acted daydream that should delight just about anyone who's ever been asked for picture ID.
New York Observer:
That rarity of rarities, a mainstream American feel-good movie with both charm and intelligence.
Never takes itself or its subjects too seriously, and contains more genuinely funny material than about 90% of the so-called 'comedies' found in multiplexes these days.
The story is a good story, directly told, and such meaning as it has comes from the irony that the only person who completely appreciates Abagnale's accomplishments is the man trying to arrest him.
Though Catch Me If You Can isn't badly made, the fun slowly leaks out of the movie.
San Francisco Chronicle:
The colorful cinematography, smart performances and brisk tempo suggest a filmmaker subordinating every other impulse to the task of manufacturing pleasure.
After a series of dud roles, DiCaprio is back in star form.
A gently funny, sweetly adventurous film that makes you feel genuinely good, that is to say, entirely unconned by false sentiment or sharp, overmanipulative Hollywood practices.
This is the director's most likeable film in ages, even if it's insubstantial, overlong and, frankly, a touch redundant.
Offers mild fun but never as much as its animated '60s-retro opening credits portend.
DiCaprio's winning performance goes a long way toward encouraging the viewer the forgive the film its indulgences and missteps.
Sporting a stingy-brimmed hat and erratic Boston accent, Hanks gives a ludicrous performance.