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The Tailor of Panama (2001)



Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 113
Fresh: 87 | Rotten: 26

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


Average Rating: 7.3/10
Critic Reviews: 34
Fresh: 31 | Rotten: 3

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



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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.

Sep 11, 2001


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

September 26, 2002 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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Seems diligently assembled.

May 2, 2001
The New Republic
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A literate and entertaining comic thriller.

April 20, 2001 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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A wise, vivid, thoughtfully textured film.

April 20, 2001 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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[Boorman] manages to strike exactly the right tone, which is somewhere between irony and amused incredulity.

April 20, 2001
Detroit Free Press
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The film has been directed with a shrewd balance of wit, tension, parody and empathy.

April 20, 2001 Full Review Source: Denver Post
Denver Post
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Not a great movie -- for adults only.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

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

February 13, 2004 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

I had forgotten that thrillers could possibly be this much fun and rippingly intelligent at the same time.

July 25, 2003 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

It doesn't feel like a normal espionage thriller; it feels much, much better.

August 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Flipside Movie Emporium
Flipside Movie Emporium

A broad, ribald circus flagrantly in love with the English language, The Tailor bustles with swaggering, jubilant showmanship.

August 10, 2002
Philadelphia Weekly

Like "Three Kings," "The Tailor of Panama" is a political satire that emerged from the studio system with its fangs intact.

June 18, 2002 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

No es una película fácil ni para aquellos con estómago débil, debido a su explícito contenido sexual, su fuerte carga inmoral, su lenguaje y algunas escenas de violencia.

June 8, 2002

A movie for people who don't mind having their expectations played with, and who prefer wordplay over gunplay.

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

Deceptively rich and intriguing.

February 21, 2002 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

Representa una buena oportunidad de esparcimiento y evasión

October 8, 2001 Full Review Source: Moviola

more a satire than a thriller

September 20, 2001 Full Review Source:

John Boorman's direction here is impeccable, capturing well the look and sounds of Panama City, and mixing it in with the film's story.

June 9, 2001 Full Review Source: Greg's Previews at Yahoo! Movies
Greg's Previews at Yahoo! Movies

Brosnan is great as the nasty, manipulative spy, using his wits, charm and sex appeal to outmaneuver everyone around him.

May 29, 2001 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

There's no satisfaction in the wrapup

May 23, 2001 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

a post-Cold War black comedy about a corrupt world in which the kind of spying that made James Bond world famous no longer has a place

May 15, 2001 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

The near faithful screen adaptation, directed with finesse by John Boorman captures the spirit of the novel.

May 6, 2001 Full Review Source:

Despite its sometimes unfortunate reliance on four-letter dialogue and sexual material, this is a throwback to the more complex thrillers of the past.

May 4, 2001 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Neither thrilling nor particularly funny.

May 3, 2001 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for The Tailor of Panama

I really don't think this does John le Carre's novel any justice at all but who would have thought John Boorman would have messed it up!? Geoffrey Rush is very good as always but apart from Harold Pinter in an inspired bit of casting, it is a bad day in the office for everyone concerned. A really interesting story but a completely forgettable film. Nice to see Mrs Curtis's breasts again though! ;o)
December 15, 2010

Super Reviewer

An intriguing tale of espionage and coercion in Central America. *Geoffrey Rush never ceases to amaze me and his performance here is no exception.
November 14, 2010
Randy Tippy

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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.
September 8, 2009

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