Sleuth Reviews

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
August 14, 2009
It requires a light touch; I admire Branagh a great deal, but not for his light touch.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Chris Laverty
Clothes on Film
June 26, 2009
Idly plotted then tempered by a blunt ending. All of a sudden the viewer is left pondering 'eh?' as Pinter apparently run out of room on his pad.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 1, 2008
Pinter's pauses, and the dour air of so much of the interplay, just don't fit on a story that's this slight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Holcomb
April 10, 2008
Once the homosexual subtext is brought to the surface, everything seems to be a joke. Are they gay, kidding, or just considering?
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
March 19, 2008
Fans of the original should stay away.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
March 10, 2008
The script includes a verbal motif that reminds us of what binds the film's four central talents together: 'I want to show you something.' [Blu-Ray review]
| Original Score: 3/4
David Cornelius
March 4, 2008
What this Sleuth lacks in enthusiasm it makes up in character-driven menace.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
March 1, 2008
Despite Branagh's every attempt to capitalise on the intimacy of the cinematic medium with (intrusive) close-ups, the direction is heavy handed; the result being a dramatic, but emotionally cold experience
Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
February 22, 2008
Goofy art house tendencies (including an ill-thought dalliance with homo-eroticism) trigger a few giggles, yet the clever, crisply-acted power struggle seizes your attention
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Top Critic
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
December 14, 2007
Director Kenneth Branagh has mercifully pared the action down to 88 minutes (the first movie dragged on for 138), but the final act... still seems to go on forever.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
December 12, 2007
What Pinter and Branagh present is a much more wicked, cold, disturbing film that is even more confined than the original.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
December 7, 2007
Seems to me that the Kenneth Branagh-Harold Pinter Sleuth is a pretty good movie. It just isn't a very good Sleuth, exactly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
December 1, 2007
By the time the film ends on a flat note, it is long past the point of failing to effectively showcase a meeting of minds between two great actors.
Derek Malcolm
This is London
November 23, 2007
Whether you like the film probably depends on whether you can treat it all as seriously as Pinter and Branagh. If you can't, this short, brackish piece will not work at all, even if you don't regard it as a piece of piss.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
November 23, 2007
A Dead Film Walking, a zombie of a film, a shuffling Frankenstein's monster of a film, leaking electricity from its badly-fitting neck bolts, tragically whimpering at the pointless agony of its own brief existence.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5

Sun Online
November 23, 2007
Message to Jude: You have more chance of convincingly concealing that receding hairline than becoming the new Michael Caine. Stop trying to be something you are not - a charismatic actor.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
James Christopher
Times [UK]
November 23, 2007
This is the kind of intimate physicality that Pinter pumps into Shaffer's script. But it will take a better director than Branagh to tease it into the real world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Daily Mirror [UK]
November 23, 2007
Directed by Kenneth Branagh and scripted by no less than Harold Pinter, the wicked charm of Sleuth Mk1 has been stripped away to leave a nasty, dispiriting and strangely cold psychological thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Leigh Singer
November 23, 2007
A bold, initially fascinating but ultimately misguided attempt to 'Pinter-ize' an old-fashioned puzzle. Great mysteries leave their audience marveling 'how did they do that?' Sleuth 2007 leaves you scratching your head, wondering why they bothered.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Andy Lowe
Total Film
November 23, 2007
Caine and Law rustle up a spicy chemistry which sustains a sizzle for an hour or so. But the second half panders to Pinter's self-indulgence, unravelling Branagh's high-tensile head-fuck as a hollow skirmish.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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