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May 13, 2014
Political drama a little too pretentious for me. The only thing that makes this movie watchable was Sean Penn as the secret service agent trying to figure out Nicole Kidman, the south African interpreter.
April 7, 2014
Good movie. Fairly suspenseful, pretty intriguing, good performances from Kidman and Penn.
April 1, 2014
The final film of screen master Sydney Pollack, this transnational thriller is a fine work. It's slickly filmed, tightly edited, masterfully scored by Newton Howard who creates tension while infusing an African flavour, and a duo of strong performances from the leads. However, don't expect major trope reversals.
½ March 20, 2014
The movie is okay. I liked Kidman and Peen's performances, but the movie itself is no more than an okay movie.
March 5, 2014
Definitely an interesting flick. Sean Penn and Nicole Kidman were very good, although a trifle over dramatic . Worth seeing at least once.
February 22, 2014
it lacks for some kind of plot
½ February 17, 2014
Standard Review #7: Superbly shot and acted. Compelling. Utter fantasy.
October 19, 2013
Respectful... Honors its legacy. But thats about it.
½ September 15, 2013
Really Enjoyed Watching This!
August 11, 2013
Lked it , Didn't like Nicole before , but the last years i become to like her more , and Sean Penn , good one !
½ August 6, 2013
Featuring the conspiracy in Africa once again, the film receives little accolade besides the parallelism of Mugabe's regime in Zimbabwe. The somehow predictable 'twists' may be boring, but indeed a cruel reflection of reality. The confrontation between Nicole Kidman and the president is the tearful accusation yet to be made by the oppressed under authoritarianism and exploitation. One thing more, if James Cameron is widely praised for his 'creativity' for establishing a new language, why the hell there is no one praising Sydney Pollack's effort here?
½ July 22, 2013
take two hollywood libtards add politics mix well and this is what you get.
June 13, 2013
There are very few Nicole Kidman movies i enjoy. This is not one of them.
½ June 9, 2013
Political intrigue and deception unfold inside the United Nations, where a US Secret Service agent is assigned to investigate an interpreter who overhears an assassination plot.
Super Reviewer
June 9, 2013
Taut, gripping and intelligent, The Interpreter works very well as intended - a political thriller. Looking at the premise and plot, the film could have been handled much clumsier than it actually was. Sean Penn puts his down-on-his-luck everyman charm to good use, but a great character seems a little wasted on Nicole Kidman. Her accent falters and she's all but very stiff, but it's nothing that cripples the film. The movie balances some far-out political conspiracies with a convincing look at the inner workings behind the security at the United Nations General Assembly, and it does help immensely that it was actually shot on-location at the UN. The film is very effective at both a macro and micro level; the international politics and personal emotional drama both carry to same amount of narrative weight. The late director Pollack is smart with his scenes and shots, and the film works best at pulling the audience along for the ride, and spinning a yarn so involving that the loopholes seem negligible.
½ May 22, 2013
Kidman is fascinating
April 21, 2013
dark, cutting-edge, good
April 14, 2013
One of the most interesting features of this film set in the UN is that it was actually shot in the UN building, and it was the first to be allowed to do so. This film is a more or less gripping thriller, with dubious pace, about an interpreter who overhears a whispered conversation of an assassination attempt. It gets a little dull sometimes, but still doesn't quite give into cinematic conventionalities of the genre, which is admirable.
April 12, 2013
Strong performances and some nice dialogue isn't enough to save this from the predictable yet bland yet also nonsensical plot that pulls this one straight into the ground and chokes the life out of it.

It doesn't manage to go beyond the thriller genre like it seems to want to but worse still, it doesn't even succeed within it- it's not particularly suspenseful and it's not that interesting either. Kidman and Penn are strong as you would expect but working on this film wasn't their best decision. It's watchable for the performances and the occasional curios moment but it's simply not a good film.
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