Sleuth Reviews

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May 26, 2020
Branagh shrewdly stages much of the escalating second-act violence by having the men violate each other's personal space.
August 7, 2008
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.
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 12, 2007
What Pinter and Branagh present is a much more wicked, cold, disturbing film that is even more confined than the original.
December 7, 2007
Seems to me that the Kenneth Branagh-Harold Pinter Sleuth is a pretty good movie. It just isn't a very good Sleuth, exactly.
December 7, 2007
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
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.
November 23, 2007
Caine and Law rustle up a spicy chemistry which sustains a sizzle for an hour or so. But the second half panders to Pinter's self-indulgence, unravelling Branagh's high-tensile head-fuck as a hollow skirmish.
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?
November 7, 2007
This film wants only to entertain, and other talents have gathered with Pinter to help.
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.
November 1, 2007
There's lots to like in Sleuth's battle of wits, which occurs when an actor (Jude Law) having an affair with a married woman visits her husband, a writer (Michael Caine), and asks him to grant her a divorce.
October 27, 2007
Caine and Law are terrific together, verbally circling each other like panthers ready to pounce.
October 26, 2007
Although the first half is much better than the second, Sleuth is intense, wordy, wordly and thought-provoking overall. It may not appeal to adolescent boys. Imagine that.
October 26, 2007
Sleuth remains an effective display of acting, with enough twists and turns to satisfy the newcomers and avoid insulting the faithful.
October 25, 2007
A grand exercise in watching two marvelous actors rip into some crackling dialogue. It's the thespian equivalent of jousting, and it's fascinating to watch.
October 22, 2007
Intense cat-and-mouse thriller is for adults only.
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