Sleuth - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Sleuth Reviews

Page 1 of 2
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
March 11, 2004
Intriguing to begin, but ultimately tiring; its place is on the stage.
| Original Score: 2/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
November 1, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
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
Top Critic
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
August 2, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Rebecca Murray
About.com
March 5, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Jay Cocks
TIME Magazine
April 20, 2010
This is a fastidious, acrobatically cunning and invigoratingly well-acted thriller.
Top Critic
Variety Staff
Variety
March 26, 2009
Provides Laurence Olivier and especially Michael Caine with two of their best roles.
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
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
Top Critic
Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Thoroughly entertaining.
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.
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
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
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 29, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Randy Shulman
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
January 29, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
October 31, 2003
Delicious, wickedly funny game of cat-and-cat.
| Original Score: 5/5
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
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
December 10, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Ted Prigge
rec.arts.movies.reviews
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
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
July 5, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Page 1 of 2