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      Combines plenty of the ingredients for a first-class espionage thriller but doesn't quite deliver.

      Full Review | Original Score: 3/5 | Aug 15, 2021

      Intriguing and genuinely heartfelt without ever veering into melodrama or hackneyed spy movie tropes.

      Full Review | Original Score: 4/5 | Aug 15, 2021

      The Courier may have its moments, but it's also burdened with certain expectations.

      Full Review | Original Score: 3/5 | Aug 14, 2021

      This is a damn good, explosively tense story that focuses on the friendship that develops between two men on opposite sides. And it is plainly wonderful.

      Full Review | Aug 14, 2021

      Benedict Cumberbatch delivers a masterclass in "acting in a vacuum" with this disappointing historical spy drama that fails on almost every level except for the dazzling performance of its leading man.

      Full Review | Original Score: 2/5 | Aug 13, 2021

      The Courier may not be as subtle or cohesive as Cumberbatch's last spy movie, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, but its best moments are haunting.

      Full Review | Original Score: 3/5 | Aug 13, 2021

      Cooke's sturdy, old-fashioned approach to staging and shooting pairs well with his leading actor's precise, engaging performance...

      Full Review | Original Score: 4/5 | Aug 12, 2021

      A laudable if earnest early-1960s-set spy thriller based on actual events.

      Full Review | Original Score: 3/5 | Aug 11, 2021

      There's real drama, and even thrills, to be found in this story of a very unlikely friendship that changed the course of history.

      Full Review | Original Score: 4/5 | Aug 10, 2021

      Cumberbatch, emaciated and shaven-headed, exposes the slightly alien being he always contains and the film gears up considerably in emotional impact. This is Cumberbatch's best espionage film, then, after Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

      Full Review | Jul 28, 2021

      Don't expect anything on the same scale as Cumberbatch's last spy thriller, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy... If you're on the hunt for an old-fashioned spy flick, through, The Courier has just enough le Carré-ish thrills to get by.

      Full Review | Original Score: 3/5 | Jul 28, 2021

      The Courier is almost two films in one: the second half is much darker and more intense than the first, but the shift is so delicately abrupt that at first you barely register it. That's part of the movie's edgily engaging artistry...

      Full Review | Apr 17, 2021

      A skilled, suspenseful and propulsive historical drama.

      Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5 | Apr 11, 2021

      [Benedict Cumberbatch is] the perfect actor for this kind of role.

      Full Review | Original Score: B | Apr 6, 2021

      It's a difficult scene to bring off, yet Cumberbatch makes it seem effortless.

      Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5 | Apr 1, 2021

      I did not know Wynne's story, so for this viewer The Courier developed into an old-fashioned will-they-be-caught thriller.

      Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5 | Apr 1, 2021

      The heightened level of emotion [Rachel Brosnahan and Jessie Buckley] provide propels the story and Cumberbatch forward, keeping viewers engaged as they approach a climactic ending.

      Full Review | Mar 25, 2021

      While it might not be on the same level as "Bridge of Spies," it's solid, well-acted and enjoyable nonetheless. Just don't use it as the text for any history reports.

      Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4 | Mar 25, 2021

      Combine impressive production values and a ratcheting up of suspense, and you're in for a solid genre entry. Don't expect more than that.

      Full Review | Original Score: 3/4 | Mar 25, 2021

      Admit it: After a year of looking over your shoulder any time someone dared cough, you could use a good, old-fashioned Cold War thriller...

      Full Review | Mar 24, 2021

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