The Tailor of Panama Reviews

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June 24, 2006
Boorman has crafted a witty, classy and richly enjoyable morality play, which skewers the mercenary self-interest behind Anglo-American imperialism almost as an afterthought.
September 26, 2002
If you think the spy-thriller genre has been streamlined and spoofed and subverted until nothing new can be done to it, think again.
March 22, 2002
May 2, 2001
Seems diligently assembled.
April 20, 2001
A literate and entertaining comic thriller.
April 20, 2001
A wise, vivid, thoughtfully textured film.
April 20, 2001
[Boorman] manages to strike exactly the right tone, which is somewhere between irony and amused incredulity.
April 20, 2001
The film has been directed with a shrewd balance of wit, tension, parody and empathy.
April 16, 2001
A never-thrilling, occasionally amusing picture which wheezes badly, like a pig which has been shot but refuses to die.
April 6, 2001
When the revolution turns real, the film finally collapses under the burden of implausibility.
April 2, 2001
The decision to let Brosnan play Osnard probably kept the Bond producers up a few nights, but letting him do it was the right call.
April 2, 2001
This plot-centered motion picture demands that its audience thinks rather than sits passively and watches.
March 30, 2001
To enjoy this movie fully, it's best not to read le Carr's masterful novel.
March 30, 2001
Very talky -- fortunately, with actors like these and a script by Andrew Davies, Boorman and Le Carre himself, the talk is frequently good.
March 30, 2001
Forget the end and there is much to enjoy here, especially in the playing of Pierce Brosnan and Geoffrey Rush.
March 30, 2001
Rich but uneven.
March 30, 2001
A hand-tailored job in a marketplace filled with off-the-rack movies.
March 30, 2001
Strong as Brosnan is, Rush is more impressive for the ways he can make us sympathize with someone who is doing dreadful things.
March 30, 2001
The Tailor of Panama teeters from drama to farce to thriller to delicious black comedy, and delivers on all fronts.
March 30, 2001
Has a lot of wry, twisted humor.
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