Three Days of the Condor


Three Days of the Condor

Critics Consensus

This post-Watergate thriller captures the paranoid tenor of the times, thanks to Syndey Pollack's taut direction and excellent performances from Robert Redford and Faye Dunaway.



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In this thriller, Turner is a New York-based CIA employee. Sent to pick up lunch, Turner returns to discover that everyone in his tiny office has been murdered. When an attempt is made on his life, he finds himself on the run from both the CIA and the police.

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Critic Reviews for Three Days of the Condor

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (6)

  • A piece of dotty, slightly paranoid intrigue. Three Days of the Condor promises little and keeps its word. It is hard to get indignant about it, or enthusiastic either.

    Aug 9, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Basically a B, it has been elevated in form -- but not in substance -- via four bigger names, location shooting and more production values. Sometimes the trick works, but not here.

    Mar 1, 2007 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Top Critic
  • Basically, the film is a throwback to the 60s anti-Bond spy thriller (a la The Ipcress File), except here the genre's annihilating irony has been replaced by Pollack's liberal piousness.

    Mar 1, 2007 | Full Review…
  • The action rarely falters, and at its best the film offers an intriguing slice of neo-Hitchcock.

    Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…

    Chris Petit

    Time Out
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  • Three Days of the Condor is a well-made thriller, tense and involving, and the scary thing, in these months after Watergate, is that it's all too believable.

    Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • At its best moments, Three Days of the Condor creates without effort or editorializing that sense of isolation -- that far remove from reality -- within which super-government agencies can operate with such heedless immunity.

    May 20, 2003

Audience Reviews for Three Days of the Condor

  • Feb 19, 2018
    Redford competently portrays a CIA researcher on the run --- from the CIA, even if he's a touch too jock to play a nerd. Dunaway is unusually restrained and thereby good as a casual interested bystander. And Von Sydow is (always good) a workman assassin. The plot doesn't bear close observation but it is hardly the point either. Paranoia is, and that aspect director Pollock maintains. So-so.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jun 16, 2016
    Movies this genuinely fun haven't been made since the 70s (except maybe the Coens' movies). Every action thriller from the 80s onwards got too polished and grand, loses touch with the characters. Holds up. Faye Dunaway is stunning and alarmingly hypnotizing.
    _kelly . Super Reviewer
  • Jan 06, 2016
    "Three Days of The Condor" in 3 words: action-packed, thrilling and exciting! Admittedly, it doesn't strike much of a blow for 1970s feminism (cuz what woman wouldn't immediately jump into bed with a handsome man after a home invasion at gun-point and being chained to a toilet all day?! That's hot!), but if you get past the very dated sexism, politics and technology, it's quite an entertaining film.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Aug 18, 2015
    Very nice slow-burning spy movie.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer

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