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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Reviews

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January 13, 2012
Alfredson wraps a riddle inside an enigma and ties it with a big gray bow, as disloyalties are exposed and flashback clues can't come fast enough... boldly dull in protest to modern tastes, and that alone may earn it more praise than it deserves.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
January 13, 2012
Densely plotted and edited with the assumption that fickle, easily distracted audiences will keep up and not lag behind. And woe be to the moviegoer who answers the call of nature.
January 12, 2012
Put another way, if you're expecting Oldman or Hardy to go all Jason Bourne on some Russkies, you'd be better off staying home and watching Rambo.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 11, 2012
You expect a spy thriller to be complicated. However, it shouldn't be so much work that remembering the clues and following the story is a struggle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 10, 2012
Agora sabemos o que teria acontecido caso Bergman houvesse dirigido um exemplar da franquia Missão: Impossível.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 10, 2012
As drama, Tinker struggles to make an impact. [It's] far better as a slow-burning study in blank-faced paranoia ... a surprisingly humane portrait of people who regularly engage in acts of inhumanity.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 9, 2012
To get through 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,' it really helps to be as observant and discerning as Smiley.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
January 9, 2012
Some great performances, style to spare, a sense of moody menace ... Sad to say, then, that it's virtually impenetrable, and possibly downright boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 9, 2012
Alfredson is interested in more than just relating a not-so-simple mystery. What the director is after is the very character of the Cold War itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.8/10
January 6, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 6, 2012
Bret Easton Ellis Tweeted about the awfulness of this movie. Le Carre vs. Ellis -- considering that's the mental and literary equivalent of a brawl between Godzilla and Jar Jar Binks, I'd say it's safe for discerning viewers to give this a shot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 6, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
January 6, 2012
Director Tomas Alfredson has boiled the story down skillfully to a third of that length and infused it with the wry, energy-sapping dread so often found in modern Scandinavian cinema.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 6, 2012
Hitchcock once said 'What is drama but life with the dull bits cut out? Tinker Tailor is hellbent on creating drama out of only the dull bits - and as interesting as the movie is to look at, it's not very suspenseful at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
January 6, 2012
The busy production design, which takes full advantage of the spacious horizontal emphasis of Alfredson's widescreen compositions, is a marvel of authentic 1970s period detail and meaningful geometry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 6, 2012
Gary Oldman's graceful understatement as Smiley makes his slow-burning performance all the more smashing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 6, 2012
No fancy gadgets, no big fights or gun battles are necessary. Instead, you witness whispered conversations, feelings of anxiety and paranoia and a cold, dreary, rainy world in which it is nearly impossible to discern whom to trust.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 6, 2012
Gary Oldman is quietly wonderful as John le Carre's George Smiley. But this subtle and sly film lacks dramatic punch.
Read More | Original Score: B
January 6, 2012
There's a fine line separating complex from convoluted, and -- with limited time to tell le Carre's sprawling tale -- Alfredson often comes down on the wrong side.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 5, 2012
"Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" unfolds inside its own impenetrable environment, with director Alfredson turning a cold shoulder to the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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