Sleuth Reviews

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November 27, 2020
Even without comparisons to previous iterations, it's difficult to appreciate the ludicrous twist that Branagh has inserted into this remake's final act.
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.
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 19, 2008
Fans of the original should stay away.
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 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.
December 1, 2007
By the time the film ends on a flat note, it is long past the point of failing to effectively showcase a meeting of minds between two great actors.
December 1, 2007
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
Message to Jude: You have more chance of convincingly concealing that receding hairline than becoming the new Michael Caine. Stop trying to be something you are not - a charismatic actor.
November 23, 2007
Directed by Kenneth Branagh and scripted by no less than Harold Pinter, the wicked charm of Sleuth Mk1 has been stripped away to leave a nasty, dispiriting and strangely cold psychological thriller.
November 23, 2007
A bold, initially fascinating but ultimately misguided attempt to 'Pinter-ize' an old-fashioned puzzle. Great mysteries leave their audience marveling 'how did they do that?' Sleuth 2007 leaves you scratching your head, wondering why they bothered.
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.
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.
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.
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.
November 21, 2007
Sloppy execution of a reasonable concept. A wasted opportunity.
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