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The Russia House (1990)

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Critic Reviews: 3
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 1

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"Barley" Scott Blair (Sean Connery) is an alcoholic book editor from a bargain-basement publishing house in Great Britain who'd rather be drinking in Lisbon than attending a book dealers' show in Russia. So he's surprised when a CIA agent (Mac McDonald) pulls him from his boozy holiday. It seems that the CIA has through a book show intermediary received a package from a Russian book editor named Katya (Michelle Pfeiffer) containing amazingly detailed notebooks written by a cynical Russian

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Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense

Tom Stoppard

Dec 26, 2001

MGM Home Entertainment

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All Critics (23) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (4) | DVD (1)

Smart and glossy, but it has too many sluggish moments to maintain its few high points.

September 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Generally effective spy thriller with interesting cast

July 30, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Sean Connery gives one of the best performances of his long career.

January 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for The Russia House

Although I liked Connery and Pfeiffer's acting, I found that actually understanding the significance of the notebooks and what happens with them was difficult. I had to watch it more than once to understand it.
July 22, 2014
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Uneven yet taut thriller as a Brit publisher/ bon vivant gets drawn into the spy game with, duh, a beautiful woman. Connery and Pfeiffer manage to sell this with the able assistance of a first rate supporting cast. Mucho Russian scenery makes for a interesting mini-vacation overseas.
July 19, 2011
ApeneckFletcher

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He took a chance because he had nothing to lose, she took a chance because she had everything to gain.
December 15, 2009
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Wahida K

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A cold war thriller cum romance that's all talk and no action. Very, very boring.
January 7, 2007
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