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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
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 22, 2005
It's fitting that a movie about communication should be so chatty that it talks much of the drama right out of itself.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
April 21, 2005
If you're on your toes you'll have fingered at least one of the perps 20 minutes into the movie.
John P. McCarthy
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
April 26, 2005
Director Sydney Pollack is more proficient at generating suspense than following through on it.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
April 20, 2005
You are hereby recommended to pay matinee price, then walk out just before the ending - whatever you imagine as the finish will be better than the actual finale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 22, 2005
A political thriller afraid of politics and bereft of thrills.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
April 22, 2005
You're left with admirable, even noble, wreckage, but wreckage it is.
Kit Bowen
April 22, 2005
Despite strong performances from Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn, The Interpreter unfortunately doesn't quite translate into a compelling sociopolitical thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
April 21, 2005
Not much of the script makes sense and Pollack's mushy direction fails to heighten the movie's few thrills.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Christopher Null
April 21, 2005
Imagine Penn forlornly scouring Iraq in search of WMDs and you'll get a sense for his approach to playing his Secret Service agent
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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.
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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.
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
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
April 20, 2005
The smart political thriller; a classic breed of cinema that faces permanent extinction thanks to soulless efforts like this one.
| Original Score: 2/4
Sean Axmaker
St@tic Multimedia
April 21, 2005
Pollack becomes so caught up in the machinations of plot that he allows the politics to boil down into simplistic mush.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
April 22, 2005
It has the veneer of significance, and that's really all a Hollywood movie needs these days to be considered 'serious,' right?
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Jan Stuart
April 21, 2005
Pollack is a solid worker bee, but he would be the first to admit he is no Hitchcock.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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