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Captain Fantastic

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Matt Ross

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About the Movie

Viggo Mortensen (The Lord of the Rings series) stars in The New York Times Critics’ Pick, Captain Fantastic, about an unconventional man who raises his six children in the forest of the Pacific Northwest, isolated from society. When he is forced to bring his family out of seclusion and into the world, this leads to a confrontation with his father-in-law (Frank Langella, Frost/Nixon), who wants his grandchildren to have a normal life. Now Ben must question if his methods are the best for his family. Rolling Stone raves, “Viggo Mortensen is magnificent. A career best work.”

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 193
  • Fresh: 160
  • Rotten: 33
  • Average Rating: 7.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: [It] shines as a sort of wish-fulfillment fantasy for a certain outdoors-oriented mind set, which almost makes up for its over-the-top moments and underwritten characters. – Chris Barton, Los Angeles Times, Nov 21, 2016

Fresh: This is really a movie for upper-middle class hipsters who once fancied themselves firebrands and status quo-challengers in college, but now consider only buying organic food at Whole Foods and not vaccinating their kids to be radical acts. – Leslie Felperin, Hollywood Reporter, Sep 12, 2016

Fresh: There are many tonal plates being spun here; the lack of a deafening crash is impressive. It comes down, you suspect, to the film's embrace of its own contradictions. – Danny Leigh, Financial Times, Dec 28, 2016

Rotten: A more interesting version of the film would allow us to see him as either a flawed but noble hero or a deluded bully on an ego trip. But Ross is too in love with the character not to stack the deck in his favour. – Jake Wilson, The Age (Australia), Sep 9, 2016

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Customer Reviews

He's not a perfect Father but he's trying his best

I love that this film didn't make Viggo's character a perfect man, his children are geniuses and philosophers, they hold a lot of keys to the world that most people could only ever dream of holding, they know so much and so little at same time. It's truly intoxicating to watch children with the knowledge that his have try to navigate the "real" world. This film is quirky and beautiful, it will make you reevaluate everything you ever thought about parenting, family, and our modern way of life.

Captain Pretentious

You know that if this movie was about a very religious father who home schooled his kids in the mountains, 90% of the great reviews would become negative reviews. It seems that a lot of people can't objectively review this movie because the movie affirms their personal political belief system.

This movie was incredibly pretentious and sanctimonious. It's your typical left wing diatribe about how Americans are fat and stupid and violent, video games are bad for you, reading "important" books makes you a better person, and you should live in a tiny house with no electricity. Add a little Von Trapp and a little Charlie Manson, and you have Captain Fantastic.

This Movie (and it's agenda) is a disturbing.

I grew interested in this movie's concept when I saw trailers of the father teaching his kids to truly live off the land. Teaching your kids to be truly self sufficient these days is a rarity, but not exactly new. What was interesting was the idea of also educating your children at a high level while doing so. Thats what made me rent the movie. What a sad let down. This is a disgrace to home educators everywhere. The father, as it turns out, is actively raising a bunch of misguided, hate filled psuedophilosphers in his little cult like family. He teaches his kids to steal? Apparently it is no problem. The father teaches his kids not to make fun of anybody except Christians? Of course, its Hollywood! The father walks around completely nude in front of all six of his (minor aged) children? Wait... what? He teaches his kids that murderous dictator revolutionaries are examples for them to look up to? Why? Well because they are socialists, and socialists are cool if your an intelectual hack. Perhaps you have gone too far. Here is a hint from a real father to this fictional father: when you see your six or seven year old kid skinning a small animal to add it's skull to their collection... and that collection is beside the pictures of human skelatal remains from Pol Pots cambodian revolution... you don't shrug that off. You get your budding serial killer out of the woods, and get her some help FAST. There is so much more I could say about this movie... but I don't want to ruin it for the people who are determined to watch it despite my warnings... but I tried.

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