It's almost impossible to buy Wilson as a pioneer who helped shape one of the world's most intricate and devious intelligence agencies, leaving us to wonder how the CIA could ever have gotten off the ground through the labors of such an utter stiff.
Robert De Niro made up for lost time by making "The Good Shepherd," a film that feels like it takes 13 years to watch.That's an exaggeration. The sprawling, 160-minute epic only feels like it takes seven hours.
It has a fascinating central character and the right actor playing him, with an excellent supporting cast (Michael Gambon? Alec Baldwin? Timothy Hutton? All great.). But it hasn't figured out where to take the story.