The Catcher Was A Spy (2018)

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Critic Consensus: The Catcher Was a Spy loses sight of the most interesting elements of its fact-based story, dropping the ball and leaving likable lead Paul Rudd stranded.

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In the midst of World War II, major league catcher Moe Berg (Paul Rudd) is drafted to join a new team: the Office of Strategic Services (the precursor to the CIA). No ordinary ballplayer, the erudite, Jewish Ivy League graduate speaks nine languages and is a regular guest on a popular TV quiz show. Despite his celebrity, Berg is an enigma - a closeted gay man with a knack for keeping secrets. The novice spy is quickly trained and sent into the field to stop German scientist Werner Heisenberg before he can build an atomic bomb for the Nazis.

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Cast

Paul Rudd
as Moe Berg
Mark Strong (II)
as Werner Heisenberg
Sienna Miller
as Estella Huni
Jeff Daniels
as William J. Donovan
Guy Pearce
as Robert Furman
Paul Giamatti
as Samuel Goudsmit

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All Critics (70) | Top Critics (27)

In Moe Berg, Rudd helps director Ben Lewin (Paperback Writer, The Sessions) add another unforgettable passive hero to the his increasing menagerie.

Aug 10, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's an absorbing character study of a most intriguing man.

Jul 25, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It's a less than passable espionage thriller watered down by a vague character study.

Jun 30, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

It's so safe, and it's so dry, and it's so understated to a fault.

Jun 25, 2018 | Rating: 4/10 | Full Review…

The result is a juicy true story told blandly, but The Catcher Was a Spy is still a movie worth seeing.

Jun 25, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Observer
Top Critic

I wish I liked it more.

Jun 24, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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