Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
Critic Consensus: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a dense puzzle of anxiety, paranoia, and espionage that director Tomas Alfredson pieces together with utmost skill.
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Critic Reviews for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
The movie is riveting in the exact sense of the word: We feel nailed to the screen in the impossible task of working out what is going on-let alone why it matters.
A deliberate, cerebral, grim and utterly absorbing film that makes covert operations appear as unsexy as the Bourne films made them seem fast-paced and thrilling.
Ultimately, though, it is very much Oldman's film, thanks to a restrained tour de force performance. Smiley is weathered, worn and beaten down by life, but he's also a quiet, sure force of something that resembles good.
"Tinker" radically -- superlatively -- condenses John Le Carré's classic novel, which could scarcely be bounded by seven hourlong episodes in the 1979 BBC adaptation.
It's a well-crafted film that wears its old-fashionedness with pride.
"Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" has a murkiness to it that perfectly fits a spy film; you need to pay attention, or the story will slip away into the shadows.
Audience Reviews for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
A complex espionage thriller that makes impeccable use of a careful pace to stretch the tension to its maximum and an appropriately dark cinematography to recreate the paranoia of the '70s and the Cold War maneuvers, while Gary Oldman underacts in a perfect performance.
Spy thriller that is a little too slow and uneventful for it's own good. Yes, sometimes there is a well paced shock, and overall the investigation is interesting enough. But there is no real twist to it and it all ends somewhat anticlimatic. The cast is outstanding as far as names go, but most of them remain somewhat underchallenged thanks to the (intentionally) bleak look and pace of the film.
It's slow, complex, stimulating and uncompromising; basically an average movie-goer's nightmare. I love that.
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|George Smiley:||Hello Ricki. You missed the wedge.|
|George Smiley:||It was the war Connie.|
|George Smiley:||Karla will be looking for you.|
|Ricki Tarr:||Yeah. Everybody's looking for me.|
|George Smiley:||You can't stay here. It isn't safe.|
|Ricki Tarr:||Then the message comes through. "We read you." That was all they said. Nothing. It didn't make sense. It was like they were stalling.|
|George Smiley:||Then what happened?|
|Ricki Tarr:||Then all of a sudden the Russians begin to move. [He finds a dead body]. It was nice work. i couldn't have done better myself. The message was clear. I had to warn her [Irina]. [Ricki telephones her, but she's afraid to pick up the phone, and then some Russians come and take her away.] I looked for her everywhere. I couldn't find her at the airport. I checked the ports. They had taken her away on a ship.|
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