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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as Bill Haydon
as George Smiley
as Ricki Tarr
as Jim Prideaux
as Roy Bland
as Oliver Lacon
as Peter Guillam
as Percy Alleline
as Toby Esterhase
as Connie Sachs
as Jerry Westerby
as Voice of Karla
as Mrs. Pope Graham
as Mary Alleline
as Ann Smiley
as Mrs. McCraig
as Bill Roach
as Tufty Thesinger
as Turkish Mistress
as Listening Woman
as Janitor Alwyn
as Guillam's Boyfriend
as Christmas Party Guest
as French Man at Residency
as Hungarian Waiter
as Woman in Window
as KGB Agent
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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 excellent use of a careful pacing 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.
It's slow, complex, stimulating and uncompromising; basically an average movie-goer's nightmare. I love that.
An ex spy for MI6 is called out of retirement to uncover a Russian double agent in the top echelons of their organisation. The one thing that can be said in favour of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is that it reeks of quality. The exceptional ensemble cast present what can only be described as an acting master class and the direction, photography and production design are all top notch. The problem with the film lies with its script, but that's not to say that it's badly written; quite the contrary in fact. The dialogue is smart, the themes sophisticated and characters well drawn. The trouble lies with the fact that this Cold War world of secrecy, back stabbing and betrayal seems so alien in the internet age that it's quite difficult to involve yourself in the dense, convoluted story. I couldn't connect emotionally with any of these cold-hearted and detached individuals and the fact of the matter was that I didn't really care who the mole was. Technically marvellous but those looking for a cinematic quick fix will find Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy too much like hard work.
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