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1,564 Ratings

Captain Fantastic

Directed by Matt Ross
United States, 2015


A father living in the forests of the Pacific Northwest with his six young kids tries to assimilate back into society.

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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

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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As the plot shreds credibility by steering towards a weird DIY funeral that would land anyone in prison, not to mention scar the children for life, we tend to forget how, in real-life America, this kind of whole-hog rejectionist lifestyle tends to come with a lot of guns… The experience is akin to a long weekend spent with those know-it-all home-schooling parents who can’t stop talking about how they grow their own kale and breastfeed their tots until they’re ten.
September 02, 2016
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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What are people saying?

  • chanandre's rating of the film Captain Fantastic

    "The word interesting is forbidden". Esperanto (<3) "Tell me about Lolita in your own words" ("No,that's the plot")>THE best parenting film I've seen in ages. Ben: best movie dad I've ever seen. Viggo's Oscar-worthy.Loved how they went all alt-life+livin'off the grid&celebrating Noam Chomsky's day(Ben flaunting his penis:P)Vesper, Cary Grantin' the tiled roof rescuing Rellian from obscene capitalistic conformity[Cnt]

  • Rafael Zen's rating of the film Captain Fantastic

    Chomsky, Sweet Child of Mine, airport scene - we can all tell what's the fell-good-film of the season. It tries to be something else but this urban-people-fantasy so they can stop feeling guilty for buying iPads and iPods while watching it with Coke and popcorn on their hands. I mean, could this cast look more alike a fashion campaign? It's just not natural or powerful - it's Hollywood going slightly outdoorsy.

  • HenriqueA's rating of the film Captain Fantastic

    I really wanted to like it. Mortensen is wonderful and all of the supporting cast shines. Ross' direction is gentle & assured, capturing all the excitement, rage and peacefulness of this most unusual family. But the good intentioned story was kinda lost in a superfluous bravado of pretentiousness that maybe only Wes Anderson could be able to find the right balance. And so henceforth I'll deem this film INTERESTING.

  • etilen's rating of the film Captain Fantastic

    Ben: When you have sex with a woman, be gentle and listen to her. Treat her with respect and dignity even if you don't love her. Bo: I know. Ben: Always tell the truth. Always take the high road. Bo: I know. Ben: Live each day like it could be your last. Drink it in. Be adventurous, be bold, but savour it. It goes fast. Bo: I know. Ben: Don't die. Bo: I won't.

  • MATTEO BITTANTI's rating of the film Captain Fantastic

    An open, tolerant, smart, anti-corporate, anti-capitalist, anti-religion, autarchic, anti-materialistic, anti-establishment, intellectual, and environmentally conscious American family could only exist in a movie. Captain Fantastic is an inspiring fairy tale for the Age of Trump.

  • FilmEdie's rating of the film Captain Fantastic

    There are films about people who, being of a "type", behave as such throughout the movie. Then there are films about a "type" of person. So glad this turned out not to be the latter. It *did* turn out a little schmaltzy, but only at the end. (Anyway, it's probably healthy to roll your eyes a bit after a 2-hour film.) A fun, relatable, low-thought entertainer that didn't leave me feeling like a sell-out for watching.

  • msmichel's rating of the film Captain Fantastic

    An excellent script by Matt Ross is made something special by exceptional casting. The strength of a film like this depends on the authenticity and talents of its' child/teen casting and this films nails that issue. Mortensen's interactions with his onscreen offspring are touching, honest, tragic and sometimes heartbreaking. Shame about the ending which felt disingenuous with what came before.

  • Filipe F. Coutinho's rating of the film Captain Fantastic

    Captain Fantastic conveys the kind of honesty that asks viewers to be engaged, both emotionally and intellectually. And just when you think the rhetoric is all but stagnant, Ross pulls the plug and asks the difficult questions, embarking on the journey alongside his characters. After all, he too is exploring, accepting his limitations and uncertainties.

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