The Tailor of Panama (2001) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Tailor of Panama (2001)



Critic Consensus: The Tailor of Panama is a smart, darkly satirical thriller with exuberant performances from Pierce Brosnan and Geoffrey Rush.

Movie Info

Harry Pendel, a Cockney ex-con who has reinvented himself as a popular tailor to the rich and powerful of Panama, is famous for his storytelling as well as his suits-but this time, his tales carry lethal repercussions. Preyed upon by ruthless, seductive British spy Osnard, Harry spins a yarn that inadvertently sets off a series of events to destroy everything he values most in his life.more
Rating: R (for strong sexuality, language and some violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: John LeCarre, John Boorman, Andrew Davies, John Le Carré
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 11, 2001
Box Office: $13.1M
Columbia Pictures - Official Site


Pierce Brosnan
as Andrew Osnard
Geoffrey Rush
as Harold Pendel
Jamie Lee Curtis
as Louisa Pendel
Brendan Gleeson
as Michelangelo Abraxas
Harold Pinter
as Uncle Benny
Catherine McCormack
as Francesca Deane
Daniel Radcliffe
as Mark Pendel
Lola Boorman
as Sarah Pendel
David Hayman
as Luxmore
Mark Margolis
as Rafi Domingo
Martin Savage
as Stormont
Edgardo Molino
as Juan-David
Jonathan Hyde
as Cavendish
Dylan Baker
as Dusenbaker
Ken Jenkins
as Morecombe
Luis A. Goti
as Ernesto Delgado
Vladimir Vega
as Customer
Iris De Arco
as Palace Secretary
Cesar Sanjur
as Angelo the Manager
Diomara De Ruiz
as Mrs. Delgado
Doug Cockle
as Pentagon Aide
Patrick Poletti
as Officer 1
Andrew French
as Officer 2
Frank Melia
as 1st Official
Lisa Dwan
as Stewardess
Paolo Tulio
as Panamanian Businessm...
Siraj Zaidi
as 2nd Official
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Critic Reviews for The Tailor of Panama

All Critics (118) | Top Critics (35)

Boorman has crafted a witty, classy and richly enjoyable morality play, which skewers the mercenary self-interest behind Anglo-American imperialism almost as an afterthought.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

If you think the spy-thriller genre has been streamlined and spoofed and subverted until nothing new can be done to it, think again.

Full Review… | September 26, 2002
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Seems diligently assembled.

May 2, 2001
The New Republic
Top Critic

Brosnan... completely alters the tone of the movie with every scene he's in, bringing a level of smarminess that makes it far more interesting than just a bureaucratic spy thriller

Full Review… | September 11, 2014
Antagony & Ecstasy

Not a great movie -- for adults only.

Full Review… | January 1, 2011
Common Sense Media

Funny, frisky and always on the right side of plausible. Mission accomplished.

Full Review… | February 13, 2004

Audience Reviews for The Tailor of Panama


An intriguing tale of espionage and coercion in Central America. *Geoffrey Rush never ceases to amaze me and his performance here is no exception.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer


A run of the mill espionage thriller, comedy? I was hoping for a bit more. Good cast but I just didn't find the story that interesting.

Dean King

Super Reviewer

The film is good enough, I guess, but it just wasn't as interesting as I thought it would be. Geoffrey Rush is always good and this is no exception here, but Brosnan seems too at-ease as a British agent (what a stretch there, huh?). Jamie Lee Curtis and Brendan Gleeson put in stellar performances.

Derek Daniels

Super Reviewer

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