The International

2009

The International

Critics Consensus

The International boasts some electric action sequences and picturesque locales, but is undone by its preposterous plot.

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Interpol Agent Louis Salinger and Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Eleanor Whitman are determined to bring to justice one of the world's most powerful banks. Uncovering myriad and reprehensible illegal activities, Salinger and Whitman follow the money from Berlin to Milan to New York to Istanbul. Finding themselves in a high-stakes chase across the globe, their relentless tenacity puts their own lives at risk as their targets will stop at nothing--even murder--to continue financing terror and war.

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Critic Reviews for The International

All Critics (210) | Top Critics (56) | Fresh (122) | Rotten (88)

  • The International is strewn with wild improbability, but that hardly deters from its appeal.

    Mar 6, 2009 | Full Review…
  • As frustrating as the story's shallowness is, this shortcoming is very nearly negated by the sheer physical pleasure of the production.

    Feb 27, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Eventually, you just let the tangled double-crossing take care of itself and enjoy the way the film defiantly bucks the contemporary thriller trend for shaky-cam coverage and lightning cuts.

    Feb 27, 2009 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…
  • This satisfyingly cynical dig at the world of high finance should please anyone with a taste for paranoid political thrillers.

    Feb 27, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

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  • Clive Owen may have lost the chance of playing 007, but he can still carry off an action movie, and proves it in this smart and handsomely made corporate conspiracy thriller from German director Tom Tykwer and first-time screenwriter Eric Singer.

    Feb 27, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • What sticks in the memory isn't so much Owen's seething, one-note vendetta as Tykwer's modernist flair - the way he frames his sequences using buildings, confining the intrigue inside cold prisms of glass and steel.

    Feb 27, 2009 | Full Review…

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  • Aug 08, 2012
    An Interpol agent and an NYC District Attorney investigate mob-like dealings by an international bank. Sometimes one's best assets are one's greatest weakness. <i>The International</i> implies that banks benefit from political corruption and turmoil, and thus, this particular "evil bank" fans the flames of countries' internal strife and even involves themselves in arms trafficking. To foment the flames of discord so widely, the bank has to be huge, and representatives of the bank make this point in the film. But in order to satisfactorily end the film, the bank either has to win or be completely defeated, and since the point all along was about the bank's far-reaching effects, the latter option doesn't work within the film's construct. Without giving away the ending, neither happens, so the ending isn't satisfying; it leaves the audience hanging in the balance, trying to walk a kind of middle road. I like the fact that the film chose a system and a systemic problem as its villain - this is the film's strength - but this strength leads to the film's inability to end well. Also, I didn't understand Clive Owen's character. We get a little background, but this man is obsessed with this case, and we're never privy to why. What personally drives him to solve this case? Is he always this crazed and intense? His behavior is often irrationally angry, and more backstory - one that avoids cliche - would have been welcome. The shoot-out at the Guggenheim was well-choreographed on the positive side. Overall, the idea behind <i>The International</i> - choosing a systemic villain - is a good one, but it ultimately leads to the film's collapse.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Oct 27, 2011
    Clive Owen's one of the few actors that have caught me off guard through his performances in "Inside Man", "Children of Men", and "Sin City" and his performance in "The International" delivers, but what a horribly convoluted screenplay. "The International" suffers from a narrow, one-dimensional plot with no heart, at all. As you can imagine, this movie is super forgettable for characters go from point A to point B with no mention of any sort of motivation. Don't get me wrong -- cinematography is cutting edge and the action set-pieces are engaging but there is absolutely no substance.
    Albert K Super Reviewer
  • Apr 07, 2011
    A pretty decent conspiracy thriller with Clive Owen and Naomi Watts as globetrotting investigators eyeballing some curiously pleased-with-themselves rich CEO types. They have a fun uninterrupted shootout at a famous New York art museum as a cool action centerpiece of the film for what seems like days! I laffed so hard!
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer

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