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The Spy Who Came in from the Cold Reviews

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
September 21, 2013
This pitch-perfect adaptation of John le Carré's best-seller captures the Cold War in all its chilly complexity ... Burton delivers a towering performance that's second only to his turn in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? as the finest of his career.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine
November 25, 2008
Self-consciously dour where the James Bond movies were insouciantly callous.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Variety Staff
December 26, 2007
An excellent contemporary espionage drama of the Cold War which achieves solid impact via emphasis on human values, total absence of mechanical spy gimmickry, and perfectly controlled underplaying.
February 6, 2007
Brilliant depiction of humanity's foibles
| Original Score: 5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 27, 2007
Ritt helms one of the better spy dramas.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
What finally impresses, however, is the sheer seediness of so much of the film, with characters, buildings, and landscapes lent convincingly grubby life by Oswald Morris' excellent monochrome camera-work.
Emanuel Levy
June 12, 2005
Grim and beautifuly shot in black and white by Oswald Morris, Martin's Ritt's spy drama features a great, Oscar-nominated performance from Richard Burton, reflecting the surrounding Cold War culture.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 9, 2005
The film makes you believe it could have happened. And that's the remarkable thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Null
July 6, 2004
Sad and chilly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5

May 24, 2003
Burton's burnt out turn is one of the best of his career.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
Grim, monotonous, and rather facile, though Richard Burton's aging agent has some honest poignancy.
Mark R. Leeper
September 30, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 1800
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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