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Spy Game (2001)

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Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 132
Fresh: 87 | Rotten: 45

The outcome of the kinetic Spy Game is never in doubt, but it is fun watching Robert Redford and Brad Pitt work.

70

Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 30
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 9

The outcome of the kinetic Spy Game is never in doubt, but it is fun watching Robert Redford and Brad Pitt work.

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Average Rating: 3.3/5
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Brad Pitt is reunited as a co-star with his A River Runs Through It (1992) director Robert Redford for this espionage thriller from Tony Scott. On the verge of retirement from the Central Intelligence Agency, veteran spy Nathan Muir (Redford) learns that his one-time protégé Tom Bishop (Pitt) has gone rogue and been taken prisoner after attempting to smuggle a prisoner out of China. Although Muir and Bishop had once been close friends, sharing adventures from Vietnam to Berlin, bad blood and

Apr 16, 2002

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All Critics (147) | Top Critics (35) | Fresh (87) | Rotten (45) | DVD (35)

The performances are the biggest asset.

November 6, 2002 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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I'll admit the main story is implausible, but the flashbacks were spectacular, and the cast is really good here.

December 3, 2001 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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It's clever and shows great control of craft, but it doesn't care, and so it's hard for us to care about.

November 30, 2001 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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A yawn, and the two glamour boys (who, by the way, look awful) are both snoring.

November 28, 2001 Full Review Source: New York Observer
New York Observer
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Happily, beneath the film's nostalgic veneer and tooth-rattling visual and aural effects lies a mature ambiguity that's unusual for a holiday blockbuster.

November 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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Capably anchored by [Robert] Redford giving the spunkiest, most alive performance he gave in a decade in either direction.

August 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

A smart thriller for grown-ups.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Two generations of Hollywood 'golden boys' team up in Tony Scott's Spy Game, a neatly plotted espionage thriller. [Blu-ray]

June 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

... afterwards I realized that I had been maneuvered into rooting for a dangerously reckless and presumptuous man.

December 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Looking Closer
Looking Closer

...takes the spy formula and dilutes it with wholly unnecessary plot twists and a flashback structure that's more confusing than anything else.

August 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

This is Brad Pitt, for crying out loud! Where can you send him undercover? In the CIA's Beverly Hills bureau?

June 2, 2003 Full Review | Comments (2)
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Redford is great - treat the rest on a don't-need-to-know basis.

April 16, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

It just isn't thrilling enough -- an impression compounded by Scott's tiresomely overenthusiastic and gimmicky camerawork.

November 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

An adventure that holds its own among the classics of the genre, a smart, sturdy and fascinating glimpse inside a hidden world.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

Crisply photographed and relentlessly compelling.

September 3, 2002 Full Review

É sempre interessante conhecer personagens inteligentes.

July 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

Another Hollywood-style action flick that entertains, but isn't terribly original...

July 9, 2002 Full Review
Supercala.com

Pretentious camera tricks and confusing flashbacks overshadow fine performances.

June 16, 2002 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Like the best Tony Scott films, Spy Game simultaneously questions and celebrates outmoded codes of masculine professionalism.

June 5, 2002
Philadelphia Weekly

The kind of movie that represents an engaging evening’s diversion, but makes no impact and leaves no lasting impression.

May 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide
Decent Films Guide

Redford is cool in this movie. He's as cool as a Baskin Robbins delivery truck caught in New England's Blizzard of '78.

April 16, 2002 Full Review Source: Countingdown.com
Countingdown.com

Briskly paced and has enough style to keep the formula and implausibilities, for the most part, out of mind.

February 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies
Mark Reviews Movies

Less Bond than simply boring.

January 3, 2002 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

It really is Redford's show. He works things so smoothly and with such a silver tongue that you honestly do believe the man was a top spy for the government.

December 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Needcoffee.com
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Audience Reviews for Spy Game

A veteran CIA agent discovers that his protege is being sold out by the agency so he uses his last 24 hours on the job to try and rescue him from execution by the Chinese government. Very much an old school spy thriller, Spy Game's overly generic script means that it's pretty much entirely reliant on the partnership of Redford and Pitt to maintain your interest. Unfortunately they spend very little time on screen together as Redford spends virtually the entire film sat in a meeting shuffling paperwork while telling the largely irrelevant back story of how he met Brad who seems to be little more than a sharp shooting taxi driver. The result is a combination of a humdrum conspiracy thriller and Jackanory which comes across as the cinematic equivalent of an airport paperback. Inoffensive but dull.
March 23, 2011
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B+
July 28, 2010
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I thought the movie had very good acting, but its visual style and plot was just bland. Robert Redford and Brad Pitt worked really well together, but it doesn't make a film good. Tony Scott's effort was almost nonexistent, there was none of his great style present.
November 25, 2009
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    1. Nathan Muir: Technology gets better everyday. That's fine. But most of the time all you need is a stick of gum, a pocket knife and a smile.
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