Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Reviews

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Matt Glasby
Flicks.co.nz
January 30, 2012

With its austere atmosphere, glacial pace and longwinded plot, it's not a film for everyone.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Luke Buckmaster
Crikey
January 29, 2012

Alfredson maintains an admirable lightness of touch, and the performances are fine, but narrative cohesion was the first victim of the cross-over and structurally the plot flies helter-skelter.

Charles Koplinski
Illinois Times
January 27, 2012

Intelligent Tinker rewards patience.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4.0
Tim Martain
The Mercury
January 20, 2012

This is a thick, heavy, dense movie that will require your full attention and concentration for two hours. Probably best left for the really hardened spy and intrigue fans.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jordan Hiller
Bangitout.com
January 20, 2012

Criticizing or belittling the film is sort of like taking issue with a cup of tea or a navy business suit from Men's Warehouse.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
January 19, 2012

The film's Cold War setting is part of what makes it work.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Anders Wotzke
Moviedex
January 18, 2012

This is the kind of movie you'd want to watch with a rewind button handy. Actually, at 127 painfully paced minutes, a fast-forward button might help too.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
January 18, 2012

If you enjoy an intelligent, realistic spy thriller, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is not to be missed.

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 18, 2012

... conveys a rarefied moral atmosphere, a high, cold place above politics and conventional morality... where aesthetic concerns - the elegance of a given move - might seem as sound a reason to act as ideology or love of country.

Full Review | Original Score: 88/100
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
January 17, 2012

Swedish director Tomas Alfredson brings his austere Scandinavian aesthetic to proceedings, and it blends wonderfully with this very British tale.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
January 16, 2012

The deliberate pace, the underplayed naturalism of the settings, the closely observed details and the silken threads of relationships all combine to turn the spy thriller into character driven drama

Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
January 16, 2012

Le Carré is a master of the genre and under Alfredson's dense direction, the revitalisation of this classic is elevated to new heights as well as a new audience

Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
January 15, 2012

Swedish director Tomas Alfredson delivers the same diffused visual style and melancholic atmosphere in this new adaptation of John le Carré's 1974 novel that he so successfully employed on Let the Right One In.

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times
January 13, 2012

Alfredson wraps a riddle inside an enigma and ties it with a big gray bow, as disloyalties are exposed and flashback clues can't come fast enough... boldly dull in protest to modern tastes, and that alone may earn it more praise than it deserves.

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Richard Knight
Knight at the Movies
January 13, 2012

Densely plotted and edited with the assumption that fickle, easily distracted audiences will keep up and not lag behind. And woe be to the moviegoer who answers the call of nature.

Pete Vonder Haar
Houston Press
January 12, 2012

Put another way, if you're expecting Oldman or Hardy to go all Jason Bourne on some Russkies, you'd be better off staying home and watching Rambo.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald
January 11, 2012

You expect a spy thriller to be complicated. However, it shouldn't be so much work that remembering the clues and following the story is a struggle.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
January 10, 2012

Agora sabemos o que teria acontecido caso Bergman houvesse dirigido um exemplar da franquia Missão: Impossível.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
January 10, 2012

As drama, Tinker struggles to make an impact. [It's] far better as a slow-burning study in blank-faced paranoia ... a surprisingly humane portrait of people who regularly engage in acts of inhumanity.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
Dan Lybarger
KC Active
January 9, 2012

To get through 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,' it really helps to be as observant and discerning as Smiley.

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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