Interview (2007)


Critic Consensus: Captivating performances from Steve Buscemi and Sienna Miller make a seemingly simple premise gripping and entertaining.


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A top political journalist, whose career is fading, has a falling out with his editor, and then, against his will, he has to interview the country's most popular soap actress.

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Steve Buscemi
as Pierre Peders
Michael Buscemi
as Robert Peders

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Critic Reviews for Interview

All Critics (124) | Top Critics (38)

There can hardly be a bigger waste of time than this conceited and self-indulgent two-hander directed by Steve Buscemi, remade from a Theo Van Gogh film.

Nov 2, 2007 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Ultimately, this two-hander feels limited in scale, but frisky and diverting while it's on.

Nov 1, 2007 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…

A mixed bag of realism and arch, dramatic exaggeration.

Aug 16, 2007 | Rating: 3/5

This movie keeps falling out of rhythm just when it should be picking up pace. It's a fitful piece of wrong beginnings and false ends.

Aug 10, 2007 | Rating: C | Full Review…
Detroit News
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Interview feels more like a lab experiment/tribute than a committed, personal drama, leaving us with the sense that Buscemi wanted to feel more connected to this material than he actually did.

Aug 10, 2007 | Rating: 2/4

Buscemi's film conveys the spirit of its source material but doesn't make a satisfying transmogrification out of its homage.

Aug 9, 2007 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Interview


A former political reporter interviews a soap opera actress. Largely a two-hander, Interview features strong performances by the two leads, writer/director Steve Buscemi and Sienna Miller. The chemistry between the two actors is strong, and Miller, especially, is able to find nuances in the banal. The script's pace seems off. It's hard to hold a film audience's interest with only two characters and a single set, and when the camera should be moving, it isn't and vice versa. Buscemi isn't a great director, but he gives himself and Miller plenty of freedom, which saves the film from becoming too trivial and claustrophobic. Overall, this film is decent and worth seeing if only for the leading actors.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

The characters are not very likable, but they are never boring, and are quite fascinating. The dialogue is well-written, very biting, and makes for some really good battles of wit and ego. Buscemi (Who stars, directs, and co-wrote the script) is fantastic as the frustrated, bitter journalist with skeletons in his closet. He's my favorite actor, and I love him as a director, but it's Sienna Miller who really amazes me here. She is excellent as the vapid, manipulative starlet who has a lot more depth to her, and is smarter than she leads on. This is a good movie, but it would be amazing and much better off as a stage play.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

If you watch the trailer for Interview you may be left with the impression that you're about to watch a throwaway episode of Iconoclasts. But if and when you actually watch the movie you're going to be in for something different. Crap, pretty much. Interview started off alright enough. Sienna Miller was great and Steve Buscemi was okay too. I wasn't truly sold on their chemistry and that eventually gave way to Buscemi (who also directed) giving into self-indulgence of Woody Allen proportions. Not to mention sticking one of the world's douchiest twists on at the end. Interview's not even 90 minutes long so you're not pissing away that much of you life by watching it but you'll still probably wonder why in the hell you watched it.

Michael Gildea
Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

I at first found all the emotional twists and turns to be off-putting, but once I gleened that this was all about role playing and that what was being said at any particular time was either false or a half-truth, this film worked for me. Yes, it is a lightly veiled 2 person play, but the confining aspect works in its favor. Good performances by Buschemi and the female lead, and although I saw the twist at the end coming, the multi-layered effect of condemning preconceptions still made me smile.

paul sandberg
paul sandberg

Super Reviewer

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