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Tom Hanks Retrospective

In mid-May 2022, I tested positive for COVID-19. I had just moved into a new house two days earlier. Many of the rooms had no furniture. Every room had large piles of boxes.

Per CDC guidance, I isolated to avoid spreading the bug to my wife and two children (they eventually tested positive, too). I cooped up in my new office for a week, nothing but a mattress on the floor and a laptop on a half-assembled desk.

I figured if I was going to be stuck in a room with nothing to do, I may as well make the most of it, so I decided to marathon every Tom Hanks movie I had never seen. (After all, who was the first celebrity who tested positive?) Every non-sleeping moment, I had a Hanks movie playing on my laptop. (My podcast co-host dubbed it “Hanksgiving” — we talked through my experience shortly afterwards.)

I have now seen every qualified Tom Hanks movies (54 as of the time of my binge, now higher). I am in the process of reviewing them, one-by-one, until all I’ve covered them all. (I will eventually expand the reviews of films that just have capsules, too.)

Once I’ve published reviews for all of the movies, I will make a master ranking. In the meantime, you can click through my reviews below.

Criteria

  • Hanks must appear in a major (non-cameo) role
  • Voice performances count
  • The film must be feature length
  • Documentaries, shorts, TV shows, making-ofs, etc. do not count

All Hanks Films Reviews

Hanks Films (Chronological)

  1. Mazes and Monsters (1982) (Not Good)
  2. Splash (1984) (Good)
  3. Bachelor Party (1984) (Not Very Good)
  4. The Man with One Red Shoe (1985) (Not Good)
  5. Volunteers (1985) (Not Very Good)
  6. The Money Pit (1986) (Not Very Good)
  7. Nothing in Common (1986) (Nearly Good)
  8. Every Time We Say Goodbye (1986) (Not Very Good)
  9. Dragnet (1987) (Nearly Good)
  10. Big (1988) (Very Good)
  11. Punchline (1988) (Good)
  12. The ‘Burbs (1989) (Exceptionally Good)
  13. Turner & Hooch (1989) (Good)
  14. Joe Versus the Volcano (1990)
  15. The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990) (Not Very Good)
  16. Radio Flyer (1992) (Very Not Good)
  17. A League of Their Own (1992) (Very Good)
  18. Sleepless in Seattle (1993) (Good)
  19. Philadelphia (1993) (Very Good)
  20. Forrest Gump (1994) (Good)
  21. Apollo 13 (1995) (Exceptionally Good)
  22. Toy Story (1995) (Masterpiece: Tour De Good)
  23. That Thing You Do! (1996) (Masterpiece: Tour De Good)
  24. Saving Private Ryan (1998) (Exceptionally Good)
  25. You’ve Got Mail (1998) (Exceptionally Good)
  26. Toy Story 2 (1999) (Masterpiece: Tour De Good)
  27. The Green Mile (1999)
  28. Cast Away (2000)
  29. Road to Perdition (2002)
  30. Catch Me If You Can (2002)
  31. The Ladykillers (2004) (Nearly Good)
  32. The Terminal (2004) (Good)
  33. The Polar Express (2004) (Not Good)
  34. The Da Vinci Code (2006) (Nearly Good)
  35. Charlie Wilson’s War (2007) (Not Very Good)
  36. The Great Buck Howard (2008) (Good)
  37. Angels & Demons (2009) (Nearly Good)
  38. Toy Story 3 (2010) (Masterpiece: Tour De Good)
  39. Larry Crowne (2011) (Not Very Good)
  40. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011) (Very Not Good)
  41. Cloud Atlas (2012)
  42. Captain Phillips (2013) (Exceptionally Good)
  43. Saving Mr. Banks (2013)
  44. Bridge of Spies (2015)
  45. A Hologram for the King (2016) (Nearly Good)
  46. Sully (2016)
  47. Inferno (2016) (Not Good)
  48. The Circle (2017) (Not Good)
  49. The Post (2017)
  50. Toy Story 4 (2019) (Good)
  51. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019)
  52. Greyhound (2020) (Nearly Good)
  53. News of the World (2020)
  54. Finch (2021) (Nearly Good)
  55. Elvis (2022) (Very Good)
  56. Pinocchio (2022) (Very Not Good)

Review Index

TitleDateIs It GoodTags
Pinocchio (2022)09/09/20221,
You’ve Got Mail (1998)09/01/20227
The ‘Burbs (1989)08/26/20227
Greyhound (2020)08/04/20224
Finch (2021)07/28/20224
Elvis (2022)07/22/20226, ,
Apollo 13 (1995)07/14/20227
A Hologram for the King (2016)05/20/20224
The Circle (2017)05/20/20222
Inferno (2016)05/20/20222
Every Time We Say Goodbye (1986)05/20/20223
Angels & Demons (2009)05/19/20224
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011)05/19/20221
Captain Phillips (2013)05/19/20227
The Great Buck Howard (2008)05/19/20225
The Da Vinci Code (2006)05/19/20224
Charlie Wilson’s War (2007)05/19/20223
The Terminal (2004)05/18/20225
The Polar Express (2004)05/18/20222
The Ladykillers (2004)05/18/20224
Sleepless in Seattle (1993)05/14/20225
Philadelphia (1993)05/14/20226
The Bonfire of the Vanities (1987)05/13/20223
Radio Flyer (1992)05/13/20221
A League of Their Own (1992)05/13/20226
The Money Pit (1983)05/12/20223
Punchline (1988)05/12/20225
Big (1988)05/12/20226
Turner & Hooch (1989)05/12/20225
Mazes and Monsters (1982)05/11/20222
Volunteers (1985)05/11/20223
Nothing in Common (1986)05/11/20224
Dragnet (1987)05/11/20224
The Man with One Red Shoe (1985)05/10/20222
Splash (1984)05/10/20225
Bachelor Party (1984)05/10/20223
Forrest Gump (1994)03/22/20225,
Saving Private Ryan (1998)02/23/20227,
Larry Crowne (2011)12/18/20213
Toy Story 3 (2010)11/17/20218
Toy Story 2 (1999)10/27/20218,
Toy Story (1995)10/07/20218,
That Thing You Do! (1996)04/14/20218,
Toy Story 4 (2019)11/27/20205

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