The International Reviews

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April 26, 2019
Whatever happened to the old fashioned spy sagas which had breakneck chases, busty women and non-stop action? Now it's all brooding fellows with sad back-stories.
August 29, 2018
The premise might be timely, but the execution is same old, same old.
July 6, 2018
A sure-footed and thrilling sidestep into cinema's mainstream.
September 12, 2017
What is this movie about? I had to keep asking myself this question while suffering through not one, but two hours of The International.
February 18, 2012
November 18, 2011
May 6, 2011
March 6, 2009
The International is strewn with wild improbability, but that hardly deters from its appeal.
February 27, 2009
If he has trouble making his characters very interesting, Tykwer comes into his own in staging the action.
February 27, 2009
As frustrating as the story's shallowness is, this shortcoming is very nearly negated by the sheer physical pleasure of the production.
February 27, 2009
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.
February 27, 2009
This satisfyingly cynical dig at the world of high finance should please anyone with a taste for paranoid political thrillers.
February 27, 2009
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.
February 27, 2009
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.
February 27, 2009
Like a well-oiled thriller machine where bankers are bad guys, this is a guilty, guilty pleasure indeed.
February 27, 2009
For all its serious intent, Tykwer's 'relevant' thriller proves to be perilously naff.
February 27, 2009
The action is often crass, the location-hopping mere crisis tourism. But the acting and dialogue deliver.
February 27, 2009
It's reasonably efficient, passably entertaining, and strenuously playing catch-up with the Bourne movies: flat-footed Owen doesn't look as good as Matt Damon sprinting through city streets, and the editing doesn't match Paul Greengrass's whiplash pace.
February 27, 2009
The title of the sleekly professional The International sounds off-puttingly more like a corporate hotel than a thriller and the first half proves just as blandly businesslike.
February 27, 2009
Though The International starts decently enough, its flailing action set-pieces and dialogue such as "sometimes a man can meet his destiny on the road he took to avoid it" drag it down to a very pedestrian level.
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