The Interpreter Reviews

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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.
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.
April 22, 2005
It's hard to know what is more impressive, the artistry of The Interpreter or the sheer craft of it.
April 22, 2005
This is a finely balanced and crafted motion picture.
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.
April 22, 2005
The confused script even bungles its central dramatic situation.
April 22, 2005
An intelligent, old-fashioned nail-biter.
April 22, 2005
An uncommonly well-crafted political thriller.
April 22, 2005
Where the bricks of plot lack the mortar of credibility, there ain't much building going on.
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.
April 22, 2005
When the film trusts the audience, The Interpreter is an intriguing outing.
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.
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