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The Interpreter Reviews

May 12, 2006
Penn is terrific in his low-key doggedness.
February 9, 2006
This is largely a competent, successful thriller, but observing global politics from this perspective is an uncomfortable, frustrating experience.
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.
April 28, 2005
I was steadily absorbed by The Interpreter, even though much of the plot didn't make a great deal of sense.
April 23, 2005
While it pains me to beat up on Pollack, who, in addition to being a consistently wonderful actor, is at least attempting to make movies the old-fashioned way, it pains me more to actually sit through his movies.
April 22, 2005
As a straight-ahead thriller, the movie is enjoyable and stirring much of the time.
April 22, 2005
You're left with admirable, even noble, wreckage, but wreckage it is.
April 22, 2005
Rare is the movie where the performances can make up for an almost fatally flawed script. This is one of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 22, 2005
Ticks along like a freshly wound-up clock, smart and precise, keeping its audience just breathless enough not to notice that more than two hours have passed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 22, 2005
It's hard to know what is more impressive, the artistry of The Interpreter or the sheer craft of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 22, 2005
This is a finely balanced and crafted motion picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
April 22, 2005
The confused script even bungles its central dramatic situation.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 22, 2005
An intelligent, old-fashioned nail-biter.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 22, 2005
An uncommonly well-crafted political thriller.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 22, 2005
Where the bricks of plot lack the mortar of credibility, there ain't much building going on.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 22, 2005
Pollack drives this movie as if it's a well-tuned automobile, taking turns smoothly, accelerating at the right moments then easing off the gas pedal without ever losing momentum.
Read More | Original Score: B
April 22, 2005
When the film trusts the audience, The Interpreter is an intriguing outing.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 22, 2005
Top-notch entertainment.
April 22, 2005
Chokes on its well-meant outrage and leaves a moth-eaten plot and handful of nonsense characters on its way to a dopey finish.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 22, 2005
Not only is the movie topical -- brushing up against subjects as wide-ranging as ethnic cleansing and terrorism -- but it's also a bit old-fashioned, at least in the skillful way it blends character and events.
Read More | Original Score: B
April 22, 2005
Fairly decent entertainment.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 22, 2005
An exceedingly smart thriller that flirts with political reality, something you don't expect in a Hollywood film as slick as this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 21, 2005
What I admire most about the film is the way it enters the terms of this world -- of international politics, security procedures, shifting motives -- and observes the details of all-night stakeouts, shop talk, and interlocking motives and strategies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 21, 2005
A good film that would very much like to be better, but that was not to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 21, 2005
As always, Pollack's polished professionalism reps a significant pleasure in itself, and the presence of the U.N. front-and-center is a spectacle to behold.
April 21, 2005
It's a thoughtful and thought-provoking thriller that doesn't pander to the audience for the sake of creating thrills.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
April 21, 2005
Conventionally described as a political thriller, but The Interpreter is as apolitical as it is unthrilling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 21, 2005
Like certain prescriptions, The Interpreter can cause drowsiness and should not be viewed while operating heavy machinery.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
April 21, 2005
It's refreshing to come across a big-budget Hollywood production that expects the viewer to pay attention and that acknowledges there is a world beyond the United States' borders.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 21, 2005
The picture gets so bogged down in inconsistencies of plot and improbabilities of character that it begins to look as if it were shot not at the U.N. but in Congress.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 21, 2005
The movie will grab you.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 21, 2005
Too bloated with its own significance to deliver the requisite thrills.
April 21, 2005
Muddled, dreary and preposterous.
April 21, 2005
If you're on your toes you'll have fingered at least one of the perps 20 minutes into the movie.
April 21, 2005
The movie's sense of menace diminishes, instead of mounts, with each new break-in, booby trap and corpse.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 21, 2005
It is the sort of thoughtful, grown-up entertainment that the big studios hardly make anymore.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
April 21, 2005
As sleek and solid as a late-'50s Cadillac, The Interpreter is very much your father's -- perhaps, your grandfather's -- thriller. And that's a good thing.
Read More | Original Score: B
April 21, 2005
The kind of polished, exciting treat the movies should give us far more regularly.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 20, 2005
Such, unfortunately, is the pitfall for thrillers that aim to be more literate and grownup than the usual fare: they sometimes forget to thrill.
April 20, 2005
An old pro's demonstration of how a politically relevant big-release flick can still effectively be done.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
April 19, 2005
[A] reasonably effective and old-school geopolitical thriller.
April 18, 2005
You have two big movie stars reminding us of how they became movie stars. Because they're great actors.
March 31, 2005
Thrillers don't get much smarter.