The Tailor of Panama Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 11, 2014
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 | Original Score: 6/10
Ellen MacKay
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Not a great movie -- for adults only.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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.
Harry Guerin
RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
February 13, 2004
Funny, frisky and always on the right side of plausible. Mission accomplished.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 25, 2003
I had forgotten that thrillers could possibly be this much fun and rippingly intelligent at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 26, 2002
If you think the spy-thriller genre has been streamlined and spoofed and subverted until nothing new can be done to it, think again.
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
August 12, 2002
It doesn't feel like a normal espionage thriller; it feels much, much better.
Full Review | Original Score: A?
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
August 10, 2002
A broad, ribald circus flagrantly in love with the English language, The Tailor bustles with swaggering, jubilant showmanship.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
June 18, 2002
Like "Three Kings," "The Tailor of Panama" is a political satire that emerged from the studio system with its fangs intact.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Luis Martinez
Cinenganos
June 8, 2002
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.
| Original Score: 7/10
Gary Susman
Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
A curiously flat and unthrilling thriller.
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
February 26, 2002
A movie for people who don't mind having their expectations played with, and who prefer wordplay over gunplay.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
February 21, 2002
Deceptively rich and intriguing.
Full Review | Original Score: short
October 8, 2001
Representa una buena oportunidad de esparcimiento y evasión
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Carlo Cavagna
AboutFilm.com
September 20, 2001
more a satire than a thriller
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Greg Dean Schmitz
Greg's Previews at Yahoo! Movies
June 9, 2001
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
May 29, 2001
Brosnan is great as the nasty, manipulative spy, using his wits, charm and sex appeal to outmaneuver everyone around him.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
May 23, 2001
There's no satisfaction in the wrapup
Full Review | Original Score: B-
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
May 15, 2001
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
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ted Murphy
Baseline.Hollywood.com
May 6, 2001
The near faithful screen adaptation, directed with finesse by John Boorman captures the spirit of the novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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