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Spy Game Reviews

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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
The performances are the biggest asset.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
December 3, 2001
I'll admit the main story is implausible, but the flashbacks were spectacular, and the cast is really good here.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 30, 2001
It's clever and shows great control of craft, but it doesn't care, and so it's hard for us to care about.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
November 28, 2001
A yawn, and the two glamour boys (who, by the way, look awful) are both snoring.
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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
November 27, 2001
Happily, beneath the film's nostalgic veneer and tooth-rattling visual and aural effects lies a mature ambiguity that's unusual for a holiday blockbuster.
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
November 27, 2001
Redford dazzles in his best role in decades.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
November 26, 2001
An engrossing, tough-minded drama about the slippery morality of espionage and the harrowing decisions agents must make to serve the greater good.
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
November 25, 2001
It trades in the kinds of shadings and moral quandaries that have been meat and drink to Le Carre.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Paul Tatara
CNN.com
November 21, 2001
Scott films every scene, no matter how routine, as if he's covering the launch of a nuclear missile.
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
November 21, 2001
Spy Game is never boring and rarely predictable except in its broad, overall us-versus-them outline.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
November 21, 2001
With its cast of back-stabbing functionaries and desk jockeys, Spy Game makes the sport and hard work of espionage seem chillingly real.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
November 21, 2001
A taut, timely and intelligent thriller with cloak-and-swaggering performances from Robert Redford and Brad Pitt.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Mike Clark
USA Today
November 21, 2001
If you can't find a copy of Condor, you can learn everything you probably need to know about espionage by pairing Spy Game with Spy Kids.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 21, 2001
Scott, who's made numerous big-star action movies, brings some unexpected humor and elegance to this otherwise predictable film.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 21, 2001
A glossy, suffocatingly predictable star vehicle for Robert Redford and Brad Pitt.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
November 21, 2001
Enemies can bury the hatchet; journalists can bury the lead; but who would have thought that a screenwriter could bury the plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
November 21, 2001
What Spy Game lacks in bonafide suspense, it more than recoups in the dynamic interaction of its two stars.
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
November 21, 2001
At times, it just seems like the movie is engaged in a game, itself, to keep us from noticing its faults.
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
November 21, 2001
I spy something bland.
| Original Score: C
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
November 21, 2001
Those flashbacks tend to dissipate tension and interest rather than increase it, making Spy Game play more like a haphazard short-story collection than an involving and cohesive novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
November 20, 2001
Spy Game is an international thriller that actually thrills.
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
November 20, 2001
This brisk thriller overcomes its slick style with exciting espionage -- even if Brad Pitt and Robert Redford are all wrong.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
November 20, 2001
Spy Game is a pretty good movie, but it's hardly a film for our times.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
November 20, 2001
Has the pointless, thrilling kineticism of a sports car commercial.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
November 20, 2001
Spy Game is absorbing enough for a night out, yet the film never pretends to be more than a lavishly downbeat popcorn thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 20, 2001
An engrossing, if flawed, endeavor -- the kind of movie that represents an evening's solid diversion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
November 20, 2001
The core of this story is so riveting and strong that not even Scott's misguided efforts to dress it up can completely ruin it.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
November 20, 2001
Redford, who has played a long list of conscientious doubters and dissenters motivated by patriotism and justice, brings the perfect amount of baggage to the role.
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Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News
November 20, 2001
Mr. Redford's strong turn, a pulse-pounding score, razor-sharp editing, and a provocative script give this location-driven thriller a keen edge.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
November 18, 2001
A satisfying blend of an edge-of-your-seat thriller with a story of friendship and loyalty and a sobering inquiry into what it means to be a spy.