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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Reviews

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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.
Full Review | 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
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
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
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
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
January 4, 2012
It's this bleak sensibility that makes it so effective as a thriller.
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