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The Interpreter Reviews

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Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
June 7, 2005
Succeeds because it focuses on a lost art of cinema: Character development.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 22, 2005
A political thriller afraid of politics and bereft of thrills.
Full Review | Original Score: C
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
May 13, 2005
effectively merges important political issues with mass-market entertainment without canceling each other out
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Rocchi
Netflix
May 12, 2005
Moody mix of international politics and inner conflict makes for a thought-provoking thriller -- just ignore the trailer.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
May 11, 2005
Truth be told, in the final scenes, I had no idea what was going on, who was to blame, who had lied and who had told the truth.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
May 6, 2005
It takes a filmmaker of rigid moral fiber to actually blanket multiplexes with a fictional tale that might ruffle feathers in high places... This movie isn't quite there.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Thomas Peyser
Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
May 4, 2005
A cross between Hitchcock at low ebb and a State Department white paper. Thrilling it's not.
Dan Marcucci and Nancy Serougi
Broomfield Enterprise
May 2, 2005
Most of the plot was about as thrilling as an episode of "Wheel of Fortune."
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Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
May 1, 2005
It's not a Great Thriller, but it's a more than welcome diversion, and a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
April 30, 2005
It is intelligent, intriguing, and topical, but it too often gets mired in its own good intentions, too many plot convolutions, and character ambiguities that try to pass for suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
April 29, 2005
... A thriller that favors solid, old-fashioned filmmaking over cheap gimmicks and special effects.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
April 29, 2005
The next villain who tortures Keifer Sutherland on 24 can strap him down and force him to watch The Interpreter.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Eric Lurio
Entertainment Insiders
April 29, 2005
A must, even at full price.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
April 28, 2005
Needs no translation...It warrants U.N. sanctions as one of the most bombastic bombs of the year.
Top Critic
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 28, 2005
I was steadily absorbed by The Interpreter, even though much of the plot didn't make a great deal of sense.
Sean McBride
Sean the Movie Guy
April 28, 2005
Adult-level entertainment doesn't get much better than this.
Full Review| Original Score: 3.5/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
April 28, 2005
A thriller on Valium.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 27, 2005
...Becomes a little convoluted and long, but the majority of the time I was interested, involved, and only occasionally perplexed by Penn's arbitrariness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
April 27, 2005
With all these talented people, somebody should have noticed that the script needed a rewirte, and that it was emotionally distant.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
April 27, 2005
... The Interpreter is bogged down with too much talk and not enough action
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
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