Interview Reviews

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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
November 1, 2007
Ultimately, this two-hander feels limited in scale, but frisky and diverting while it's on.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 18, 2007
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 16, 2007
A mixed bag of realism and arch, dramatic exaggeration.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 10, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
August 10, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
August 9, 2007
Buscemi's film conveys the spirit of its source material but doesn't make a satisfying transmogrification out of its homage.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 8, 2007
Stick with it for Miller's gutsy tour de force and the kick of watching Buscemi, as actor and filmmaker, turn an experiment into a mesmerizing battle of wills.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
August 3, 2007
I'll just say that Buscemi, who also directed and co-wrote, knows a lot about making movies but little about journalism.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 3, 2007
Interview has its moments but they can't prevent it from feeling a little long winded and unsatisfying. The premise makes it sound more interesting than the in-theater experience delivers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 2, 2007
An eminently watchable contest between two actors at the top of their games.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 27, 2007
Interview slyly keeps you watching, wondering who will emerge from this long night's journey.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
July 25, 2007
Mr. Buscemi and Ms. Miller prove that they are fully up to the task of carrying a whole movie on their shoulders without any help from the other characters.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
July 23, 2007
A bitter, darkly funny little slice of arsenic, with some of the most stinging dialogue since Closer.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
July 20, 2007
The most impressive thing about Interview is how much shock it manages to muster over the walloping nonrevelation that, now more than ever, hype begets headlines. Next up: the rich are getting richer!
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 20, 2007
Despite the fact that both protagonists are equally appalling, the screenplay seems to have a soft spot for the woman. However, this doesn't take away from the fun of watching the two characters tear each other to pieces.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
July 20, 2007
Despite a few interesting twists and ambiguities, the main revelation -- that the reporter is an insufferable snob -- doesn't seem worth the 84 minutes devoted to spelling it out.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 20, 2007
Kind of fascinating, especially in the ways that Buscemi and Miller make their performances into commentaries on the types of characters they play. When actors are really turned loose to play actors, they can achieve merciless accuracy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 20, 2007
Ultimately, pointless. One comes away from Interview exhausted.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kamal Al-Solaylee
Globe and Mail
July 20, 2007
The end result of this showcase for Buscemi's writing, acting and directing chops is so uneven and mixed in small details and overall tone that it's anybody's guess if it's one for the Oscars or the Razzies next year.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
July 19, 2007
The results may not seem to be taking place on planet Earth among verifiable humans, but, taken in the spirit of gladiatorial battle, the film is often fascinating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
July 16, 2007
I've sat through so many claustrophobic examples of the genre I forgot how exhilarating, how pure a great one could be. Interview is a great one -- electric as theater and cinema.
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
July 13, 2007
Interview is mannered, implausible, and stagy, but queasily compelling all the same.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Joanne Kaufman
Wall Street Journal
July 13, 2007
Pierre is such a weasel, Katya is such a narcissist and the outcome seems so pre-determined, it's hard to care whose belt gets the notch. The adroit performances of Buscemi and Miller almost make it matter.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 13, 2007
Director Steve Buscemi is not to be faulted for his filmmaking or acting skills, but as co-writer he could have done better than the false-sounding dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
July 13, 2007
Buscemi creates an intriguing, if contrived, drama about the battle of the sexes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
July 13, 2007
Miller is so good -- dumb, smart, wounded, wounding, a lollipop of sweet poison that you'd buy every day until it killed you -- that you feel you not only understand her but all actresses.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
July 13, 2007
Buscemi can play a hangdog cynic better than anyone, and Miller seizes her opportunity to express every emotion an actress can be asked to express.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
July 13, 2007
Vaporous and chilled to freezing, Interview lacks a single honest moment, but it does have plenty of diverting ones.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
July 12, 2007
Premise of the Dutch film's remake seems less believable here, but the acting is compelling and believable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
July 12, 2007
The back-and-forth between the performers is tensely choreographed, and Buscemi does a good job opening up the action, which mostly takes place in a Manhattan loft.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
July 12, 2007
Buscemi's Interview moves forward in static bursts that are contained by the avid, yet unobtrusive direction and the intensity of the two principals.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Fear
Time Out
July 12, 2007
Interview doesn't say anything new regarding our obsession with celebrity or, to paraphrase Janet Malcolm, the moral indefensibility of journalism. But the way [Buscemi and Miller] psychologically thrust and parry more than carries the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
July 11, 2007
This veneer of pseudo-adult psychological realism doesn't stop the film from being trashy, awkward and implausible, something like a stage play that might have seemed challenging in 1976.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 11, 2007
Any doubts as to whether Sienna Miller is a gifted actress should be laid to rest by Interview.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Jim Ridley
Village Voice
July 10, 2007
The least concrete and most artificial of Buscemi's films. But that's as much because of the situation as Buscemi and David Schechter's slippery script.
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James Greenberg
Hollywood Reporter
February 6, 2007
While it is never dull, and occasionally sparks, material fails to ignite.
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
January 24, 2007
Steve Buscemi's adaptation preserves the original's biting basic scenario while adding a few Americanizing tweaks to this tale.