Sleuth Reviews

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March 27, 2008
February 22, 2008
Goofy art house tendencies (including an ill-thought dalliance with homo-eroticism) trigger a few giggles, yet the clever, crisply-acted power struggle seizes your attention
December 14, 2007
Director Kenneth Branagh has mercifully pared the action down to 88 minutes (the first movie dragged on for 138), but the final act... still seems to go on forever.
November 23, 2007
Whether you like the film probably depends on whether you can treat it all as seriously as Pinter and Branagh. If you can't, this short, brackish piece will not work at all, even if you don't regard it as a piece of piss.
November 23, 2007
A Dead Film Walking, a zombie of a film, a shuffling Frankenstein's monster of a film, leaking electricity from its badly-fitting neck bolts, tragically whimpering at the pointless agony of its own brief existence.
November 23, 2007
This is the kind of intimate physicality that Pinter pumps into Shaffer's script. But it will take a better director than Branagh to tease it into the real world.
August 22, 2018
While Caine is, without any doubt, absolutely the best thing in this Sleuth, as the film is entirely without purpose, so is his performance.
August 14, 2009
It requires a light touch; I admire Branagh a great deal, but not for his light touch.
June 26, 2009
Idly plotted then tempered by a blunt ending. All of a sudden the viewer is left pondering 'eh?' as Pinter apparently run out of room on his pad.
August 7, 2008
May 1, 2008
Pinter's pauses, and the dour air of so much of the interplay, just don't fit on a story that's this slight.
April 10, 2008
Once the homosexual subtext is brought to the surface, everything seems to be a joke. Are they gay, kidding, or just considering?
March 20, 2008
... the film comes off as little more than a contrivance for the theatrical spectacle of two actors duking it out, and [Jude] Law is simply outmatched.
March 19, 2008
Fans of the original should stay away.
March 16, 2008
Put two gifted actors from two different generations in a two-character film, and it's like watching two bull elks battle for the herd.
March 14, 2008
Sleuth is a rare film where violence is a welcome relief, concluding the madness that puts the audience out of its misery as the credits thankfully roll.
March 10, 2008
The script includes a verbal motif that reminds us of what binds the film's four central talents together: 'I want to show you something.' [Blu-Ray review]
March 4, 2008
What this Sleuth lacks in enthusiasm it makes up in character-driven menace.
March 1, 2008
Despite Branagh's every attempt to capitalise on the intimacy of the cinematic medium with (intrusive) close-ups, the direction is heavy handed; the result being a dramatic, but emotionally cold experience
December 12, 2007
What Pinter and Branagh present is a much more wicked, cold, disturbing film that is even more confined than the original.
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