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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Reviews

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Dan Lybarger
KC Active
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
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union
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
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
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
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Tom Long
Detroit News
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-
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com
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
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
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
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
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
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
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
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
January 6, 2012
Gary Oldman is quietly wonderful as John le Carre's George Smiley. But this subtle and sly film lacks dramatic punch.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
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
Jon Niccum
Kansas City Star
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
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
January 5, 2012
It's as engrossing as any action-packed espionage thriller, and more rewarding in the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
January 5, 2012
A nod to the dense, cinematic page-turners for adults they just don't make anymore.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
January 5, 2012
A nearly affectless espionage tale, a Cold War spy thriller that's chilly and boasts few thrills.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Justin Strout
Orlando Weekly
January 4, 2012
Eventually, Tinker Tailor unpacks its chilly distance and spy-versus-spy narrative for an effect that's grand in its intricacies but sparse in its telling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Ebert Presents At The Movies
January 4, 2012
It's this bleak sensibility that makes it so effective as a thriller.
Widgett Walls
Needcoffee.com
January 2, 2012
One of the best arguments for there being a Best Ensemble Oscar I've seen in some time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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