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Sleuth Reviews

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Neil Smith
BBC.com
November 23, 2007
No amount of visual flourish, sadly, can compensate for the woeful lack of chemistry between the leads or arch dialogue that sounds more like a Pinter parody than the man himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
November 23, 2007
When Sylvester Stallone's Get Carter is no longer the worst remake of a Michael Caine movie, you have to ask yourself: what's it all about?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
November 22, 2007
Perhaps the year's most pointless remake (and that's saying something), Sleuth is something of a disappointment, thanks to poor direction, dodgy acting and a laughably bad script.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
November 21, 2007
Kenneth Branagh's direction, its self-consciously skewed angles and surveillance-cam cutaways highlighting his weakness for the misplaced flourish, is more of a hindrance than a help.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
Simon Crook
Empire Magazine
November 21, 2007
Minus a couple of brisk, black laughs, this hollow remake botches the twists and sucks the fun right out of its feisty source.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Neon Kelly
Little White Lies
November 21, 2007
Sloppy execution of a reasonable concept. A wasted opportunity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
November 18, 2007
Sleuth is no longer a fun whodunnit; it's been transformed into a baffling whatthehellweretheythinking?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Josh Rosenblatt
Austin Chronicle
November 17, 2007
A film that's right up there with Crash, The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996), and the Kennedy White House for sheer wasted potential and misguided ambition.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
November 17, 2007
The movie never achieves anything like a life of its own.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
November 16, 2007
A tedious bit of shenanigans and sleight of hand lifelessly realized by director Kenneth Branagh.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Sean P. Means
Film.com
November 16, 2007
Director Kenneth Branagh clearly is having fun navigating Tim Harvey's slick set design, but eventually the characters' deadly competitiveness becomes tedious.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
November 16, 2007
An utter redundancy...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
November 15, 2007
While the cagey old pro does manage to hold our interest throughout, Law badly flounders in the sort of vehicle that seems tailor-made for him.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 9, 2007
It doesnt work, and the reasons why are no mystery, no mystery at all.
| Original Score: 2/5
Jason Heck
Kansas City Star
November 9, 2007
The back-and-forth goes on and on, increasingly impenetrable. Talk. Poke. Provoke. Repeat.
| Original Score: 2/4
Bill Gibron
PopMatters
November 9, 2007
Constantly upstaging the rest of the cast, and reminding us over and over that we are watching a stogy, old fashioned stage play, Branagh's loopy lens is indeed the best part of Sleuth. Everything else is just plain pointless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
David N. Butterworth
rec.arts.movies.reviews
November 7, 2007
Alas, it just doesn't work. It could have, but it doesn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
November 7, 2007
This film wants only to entertain, and other talents have gathered with Pinter to help.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
November 6, 2007
A film that gives a twist to the old chestnut, but one that shatters what was best about it in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
November 4, 2007
Devotees of the original may be appalled to see it changed in any way, but on its own terms it's pretty entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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