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April 20, 2010
A hugely enjoyable thriller, adapted by Anthony Shaffer from his own phenomenally successful stage play, about two men involved in an intellectual but deadly game of cat and mouse.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

TV Guide
April 20, 2010
This stylish, intelligent mystery is full of delightfully unexpected twists, and boasts extraordinary performances from Michael Caine and Laurence Olivier.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Jay Cocks
TIME Magazine
April 20, 2010
This is a fastidious, acrobatically cunning and invigoratingly well-acted thriller.
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
Provides Laurence Olivier and especially Michael Caine with two of their best roles.
Emanuel Levy
August 3, 2007
Despite flaws (it's overlong and too theatrical, betraying its stage origins), this stylishly made cat-and-mouse thriller with strong social class overtones boasts great performances from Olivier and Michael Caine.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Thoroughly entertaining.
Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online
April 30, 2005
A stagebound but effective two-character thriller. It might work better on stage, but you're not like to find better leads.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
What really makes the movie come alive--what makes it work better than the play, really--are the lead performances by Lord Laurence Olivier, Michael Caine, and Alec Cawthorne.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
March 11, 2004
Intriguing to begin, but ultimately tiring; its place is on the stage.
| Original Score: 2/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
January 29, 2004
It's one of those works built around a gimmick that in fact requires a little cheating on the part of the filmmakers in order to succeed. But it's a good gimmick.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
October 31, 2003
Delicious, wickedly funny game of cat-and-cat.
| Original Score: 5/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 12, 2002
A two-man play that displays the terrific talents of Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine
| Original Score: 5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
February 13, 2002
Joseph Mankiewicz directs this deft satire on the detective genre of literature that is both a metaphysical thriller and a psychological cliff-hanger.
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
With the exception of a brief showing by British thespian Alec Cawthorne, the only actors on screen are Olivier and Caine. Both are so good that there's not a moment when we wish for someone else to interrupt their duel.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Christopher Null
January 1, 2000
Sleuth is a great example of how you can take the barest of essentials -- two great actors, one great script, one great set -- and make magic happen.
| Original Score: 4/5
Ted Prigge
January 1, 2000
For two great actors like Olivier and Caine, it's a chance to show off their acting talents, and fascinate people with dialogue, not action.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
August 2, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Randy Shulman
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
January 29, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 29, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
July 5, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
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