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Sleuth Reviews

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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
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James Berardinelli
October 11, 2007
It's an interesting failure -- a film that works more successfully as a study of technique and writing than as a motion picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Pete Hammond
October 12, 2007
Both stars definitely deliver and the movie directed by Kenneth Branagh is handsome enough, but for some reason it just doesn't connect the dots.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
October 11, 2007
Leaving aside two brilliant 1963 film adaptations of [Pinter's] best work, The Caretaker and The Servant, the terse opacity of the dialogue that served his early plays so astringently has never translated well onto the big screen.
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine
October 6, 2007
It's tempting to call the new Sleuth a soulless remake, but that would imply that the original had a soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Edward Douglas
September 13, 2007
Coming so shortly after Steve Buscemi's far more effective Interview, it's that much more obvious how flawed it is.
| Original Score: 6/10
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 15, 2007
Tedious, pretentious, and ludicrous.
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
March 19, 2008
Fans of the original should stay away.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Chris Laverty
Clothes on Film
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
October 12, 2007
While the cons do finally outweigh the pros... oh what marvelous pros they are.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Bill Gibron
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
Brian Holcomb
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?
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
October 12, 2007
In the remake of Sleuth, what was once insignificant is now insufferable.
| Original Score: 1/5
Prairie Miller
September 27, 2007
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.
Beth Accomando
October 26, 2007
Branagh's Sleuth delivers a preening surface that's glossy and coldly attractive but we don't care a whit about the characters or what happens to them.
| Original Score: 4/10
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
November 2, 2007
This was never going to be a masterpiece, but it didn't have to be nearly so frustrating.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
October 12, 2007
Just when things should be getting exciting and complex, they become repetitive and predictable. Subtext becomes hint becomes statement becomes declaration. For once, Pinter is a little too easy to understand.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
October 26, 2007
Closed-circuit cameras and electronic gadgets are so much in abundance, bathed in the coldest of blue lights, it's as if Branagh chose to film his Sleuth in a Best Buy warehouse.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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