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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 big celebrity who tested positive in early 2020?) 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
  • Movies originally aired on TV count if they’re feature length films
  • Documentaries, shorts, TV series, 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) (Exceptionally Good)
  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) (Good)
  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

TitleDateFilm YearDirectorIs It GoodTags
Joe Versus the Volcano (1990)10/29/20221990Shanley, John Patrick7
Pinocchio (2022)09/09/20222022Zemeckis, Robert1,
You’ve Got Mail (1998)09/01/20221998Ephron, Nora7
The ‘Burbs (1989)08/26/20221989Dante, Joe7
Greyhound (2020)08/04/20222020Schneider, Aaron4
Finch (2021)07/28/20222021Sapochnik, Miguel4
Elvis (2022)07/22/20222022Luhrmann, Baz6, ,
Apollo 13 (1995)07/14/20221995Howard, Ron7
The Circle (2017)05/20/20222017Ponsoldt, James2
A Hologram for the King (2016)05/20/20222016Tykwer, Tom4
Inferno (2016)05/20/20222016Howard, Ron2
Every Time We Say Goodbye (1986)05/20/20221986Mizrahi, Moshé3
Angels & Demons (2009)05/19/20222009Howard, Ron4
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011)05/19/20222011Daldry, Stephen1
Captain Phillips (2013)05/19/20222013Greengrass, Paul7
The Great Buck Howard (2008)05/19/20222008McGinly, Sean5
The Da Vinci Code (2006)05/19/20222006Howard, Ron4
Charlie Wilson’s War (2007)05/19/20222007Nichols, Mike3
The Terminal (2004)05/18/20222004Spielberg, Steven5
The Polar Express (2004)05/18/20222004Zemeckis, Robert2
The Ladykillers (2004)05/18/20222004Coen, Ethan / Coen, Joel4
Sleepless in Seattle (1993)05/14/20221993Ephron, Nora5
Philadelphia (1993)05/14/20221993Demme, Jonathan6
The Bonfire of the Vanities (1987)05/13/20221987De Palma, Brian3
Radio Flyer (1992)05/13/20221992Donner, Richard1
A League of Their Own (1992)05/13/20221992Marshall, Penny6
The Money Pit (1983)05/12/20221983Benjamin, Richard3
Punchline (1988)05/12/20221988Seltzer, David5
Big (1988)05/12/20221988Marshall, Penny6
Turner & Hooch (1989)05/12/20221989Spottiswoode, Roger5
Mazes and Monsters (1982)05/11/20221982Stern, Steven Hilliard2
Volunteers (1985)05/11/20221985Meyer, Nicholas3
Nothing in Common (1986)05/11/20221986Marshall, Garry4
Dragnet (1987)05/11/20221987Mankiewicz, Tom4
The Man with One Red Shoe (1985)05/10/20221985Dragoti, Stan2
Splash (1984)05/10/20221984Howard, Ron5
Bachelor Party (1984)05/10/20221984Israel, Neal3
Forrest Gump (1994)03/22/20221994Zemeckis, Robert5,
Saving Private Ryan (1998)02/23/20221998Spielberg, Steven7,
Larry Crowne (2011)12/18/20212011Hanks, Tom3
Toy Story 3 (2010)11/17/20212010Unkrich, Lee8
Toy Story 2 (1999)10/27/20211999Lasseter, John8,
Toy Story (1995)10/07/20211995Lasseter, John8,
That Thing You Do! (1996)04/14/20211996Hanks, Tom8,
Toy Story 4 (2019)11/27/20202019Cooley, Josh5

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