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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Reviews

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Austin Trunick
Under the Radar
August 15, 2014
Even an ensemble cast of a very high pedigree can't overcome a plot that's been compacted into near-incomprehensibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Jeff Beck
September 17, 2012
From watching the film, it ends up feeling like maybe reading the book should be a prerequisite, or perhaps viewing the five-hour miniseries would be a good idea.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie
March 8, 2012
like watching a large candle burn down to nothing and then wondering why there weren't any fireworks. Maybe I was expecting too much? Considering the cast and the subject matter it may be a case of too much of a good thing
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matt Patches
December 7, 2011
A dense spy mystery without any clues for the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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
Leo Robson
Financial Times
September 15, 2011
This bloodless, bloodthirsty John Le Carré adaptation doesn't hang together.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
Anders Wotzke
January 18, 2012
This is the kind of movie you'd want to watch with a rewind button handy. Actually, at 127 painfully paced minutes, a fast-forward button might help too.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Edward Douglas
December 2, 2011
Its frustrating miasma of a plot doesn't necessarily translate to a single film, and trying to keep track of what's going on tends to detract from generally solid performances from some of Britain's finest.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Tony Macklin
December 13, 2011
The contemporary version of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy doesn't seem to give a tinker's damn. It's le Carre for Dummies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/5
Richard Knight
Knight at the Movies
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.
Eric D. Snider
December 9, 2011
A person could be smart and attentive and still be hopelessly lost in this thick labyrinth of espionage. Right? I mean, it's not like I failed to grasp Mr. Popper's Penguins.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Eric Melin
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
Matt Pais
December 15, 2011
The movie certainly puts the cold in Cold War, but our curiosity needs a hook to hang from.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
December 8, 2011
A failed attempt to revive John le Carre's espionage novel for a new audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
December 9, 2011
Cynical and sinister, it's a dreary, confusing, ambiguous, retro glimpse behind the Iron Curtain.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
December 14, 2011
If the best thing about a spy movie is the wallpaper, perhaps you've miscalculated.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
December 16, 2011
...a meticulously conceived and executed adaptation that is, unfortunately, dramatically inert virtually from start to finish...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
I think I eventually put it all together in the end, but the picture makes this task neither easy nor particularly rewarding.
Phil Hall
Film Threat
December 12, 2011
Le Carré's extraordinary work is reduced to a dreary and incomprehensible shadow.
| Original Score: 1/5
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