Spy Game Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 30, 2001
It's clever and shows great control of craft, but it doesn't care, and so it's hard for us to care about.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
November 21, 2001
Make no mistake: This will never be mistaken as a CIA recruiting film.
Kit Bowen
Hollywood.com
August 15, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio
November 26, 2001
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
December 27, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
June 2, 2003
This is Brad Pitt, for crying out loud! Where can you send him undercover? In the CIA's Beverly Hills bureau?
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Dan Lybarger
Lawrence Journal-World
November 21, 2001
"Spy Game" might have worked better if it didn't try to straddle the line between war and peace like an inept double agent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 27, 2001
A formula action espionage film.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Susan Granger
www.susangranger.com
December 3, 2001
| Original Score: 5/10
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
March 5, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
June 16, 2002
Pretentious camera tricks and confusing flashbacks overshadow fine performances.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
November 20, 2001
Has the pointless, thrilling kineticism of a sports car commercial.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 21, 2001
A glossy, suffocatingly predictable star vehicle for Robert Redford and Brad Pitt.
| Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 6, 2004
... afterwards I realized that I had been maneuvered into rooting for a dangerously reckless and presumptuous man.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 1, 2003
...takes the spy formula and dilutes it with wholly unnecessary plot twists and a flashback structure that's more confusing than anything else.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean O'Connell
Eclipse Magazine
November 21, 2001
Has the makings of a good movie ... but right now its only 65 minutes long and encased in another 60 minutes of beurocratic debris.
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
December 27, 2001
To insert dynamic cinematography, you usually need something remotely dynamic to be happening on screen... Oliver Stone has made a career out of [not doing] this.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
November 22, 2001
A surprising waste of time that leaves you feeling cheated, unsatisfied, and mindboggled to what the point of it all was.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
October 30, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Harry Guerin
RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
April 16, 2003
Redford is great - treat the rest on a don't-need-to-know basis.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
March 10, 2009
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Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
December 30, 2001
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 9, 2002
Darwyn Carson
Zap2it.com
February 25, 2004
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 2, 2002
Jimmy O
Film Snobs
June 10, 2002
Mark Freeman
Critical Eye
January 25, 2002
Gary Brown
Houston Community Newspapers
December 4, 2001
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
December 26, 2001
Alexander Walker
This is London
May 10, 2002

Guardian
November 24, 2001
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
January 19, 2002

Irish Times
February 1, 2002

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
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