Sleuth Reviews

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November 18, 2007
Sleuth is no longer a fun whodunnit; it's been transformed into a baffling whatthehellweretheythinking?
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.
November 17, 2007
The movie never achieves anything like a life of its own.
November 16, 2007
A tedious bit of shenanigans and sleight of hand lifelessly realized by director Kenneth Branagh.
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.
November 16, 2007
An utter redundancy...
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.
November 9, 2007
It doesnt work, and the reasons why are no mystery, no mystery at all.
November 9, 2007
The back-and-forth goes on and on, increasingly impenetrable. Talk. Poke. Provoke. Repeat.
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.
November 7, 2007
Alas, it just doesn't work. It could have, but it doesn't.
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.
November 2, 2007
This was never going to be a masterpiece, but it didn't have to be nearly so frustrating.
November 2, 2007
While [writer] Pinter contributes some venom-spitting new dialogue, he also deviates wildly from the original story in the third act -- which would be fine, if the deviations weren't less compelling and more abrupt than Shaffer's original ideas.
November 2, 2007
It sounds so promising. It plays so disappointing.
November 2, 2007
We're left with two suitably hammy performances by Caine and Law, who do not forget they are actors playing actors, and a production design that must have kept the lighting people doing some ingenious plotting of their own.
November 2, 2007
Just terrible.
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.
October 26, 2007
Expertly acted by the two leads and wildly entertaining for a about half the picture this new version goes wildly off the rails, the final thirty minutes or so implausibly executed it's just about enough to make a viewer's head spin.
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.
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