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The Interpreter Reviews

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Joshua Starnes
March 27, 2011
As a character drama about dealing with violence and loss, The Interpreter is a quiet success. Unfortunately, it's a thriller, and all of the qualities that make it a successful character study rob it of the tension a thriller needs to succeed.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Cole Smithey
April 18, 2009
Much ballyhooed for its on-location filming in and around the United Nations building in Manhattan "The Interpreter" works better as a captivating drama than it does as an espionage thriller due to some sticking plot points that prevent the audience from
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 27, 2008
It's a dumb movie masquerading as smart but failing miserably.
Rob Gonsalves
September 24, 2007
High-class to a fault, and well-cast in every supporting role ... nevertheless burns with a very low flame.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
It may not be a perfect film, but it's just nice to see a master at work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
June 2, 2007
Now we know actors are just that, but it's a little hard to suspend disbelief and buy Sean as a government agent out to foil an assassination plot, when just a few months ago he was out to assassinate Richard Nixon on screen.
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Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
October 3, 2006
full review in Greek
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Peter T. Chattaway
Christianity Today
September 25, 2006
The problem with all this sneaking around is that it is rarely ever all that suspenseful.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Ken Tucker
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 12, 2006
Penn is terrific in his low-key doggedness.
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
Solid, mature and finely acted, but intermittently daft.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
February 9, 2006
This is largely a competent, successful thriller, but observing global politics from this perspective is an uncomfortable, frustrating experience.
Pete Vonder Haar
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Nothing about The Interpreter strikes us as very original.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rick Kisonak
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Not a great movie but a nice time and a welcome break from the season's nonstop torrent of interchangeable horror films and Ashton Kutcher comedies.
| Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
November 18, 2005
A tense, satisfying thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Dragan Antulov
Draxblog Movie Reviews
October 25, 2005
a film that made their authors feel good, while denying the same experience to the audience
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
October 7, 2005
The complicated plotting gets increasingly ridiculous as the picture nears conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
September 26, 2005
The film's themes are disappointingly vague and unspecific, built around a fictitious African country that stands for anywhere -- and consequently nowhere.
Michael Szymanski
August 28, 2005
Intriguing, gripping, suspenseful...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
August 13, 2005
(...) Una película menor, con buenas intenciones pero que se olvida poco después de salir del cine.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David N. Butterworth
July 21, 2005
Another international accent from Kidman, another brooding, broken man from Penn, and another taut, tense, political thriller from director Pollack.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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