Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Reviews

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June 20, 2013
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.
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.
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.
December 23, 2011
It's a well-crafted film that wears its old-fashionedness with pride.
December 22, 2011
"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.
December 22, 2011
Just watching Gary Oldman and his trenchcoated brethren march down the damp, ill-lit streets of Cold War London is enough to make you shiver.
December 21, 2011
These guys make proper English diction as compelling as a gunfight, and "Tinker Tailor" as satisfying as any shoot-'em-up using real bullets instead of words to get its point across.
December 16, 2011
This superb remake has the inevitable look of a period piece, a smoke-filled rendering of things past. However, thanks to Tomas Alfredson's direction, a taut screenplay, and a uniformly brilliant cast, the film also retains its contemporary relevance.
December 16, 2011
A movie of chain smokers and whisperers, of grey skies and glum expressions, of rattling tea cups and rotary-dialed telephones.
December 16, 2011
It's a 1970s story told in 1970s style, an unrepentant un-reboot so old school that it feels subversively new.
December 15, 2011
In its attention to detail and awareness of betrayals both political and human, "Tinker Tailor'' is a movie for grown-ups.
December 15, 2011
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy begins to seem phlegmatic after a while.
December 15, 2011
Alfredsen made the excellent vampire thriller "Let the Right One In," and his knack for brackish, enveloping atmosphere is rare indeed.
December 15, 2011
"Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" looks, sounds and feels exactly right.
December 13, 2011
The screenplay is a marvel of exposition, offering a parade of characters (and their code names), international incidents, and alliances and double-crosses without ever leaving viewers baffled as to who's doing what to whom, and why.
December 12, 2011
It's a treat to be back in Le Carr's world, where amid the tangle of plots and counterplots there are moments of lucidity when you sit up and say, "I've got it now!"
December 9, 2011
The filmmakers don't try to jazz up the proceedings with a lot of then-and-now equivalencies. At the same time, it is implicit here that spy operations today are essentially the same, with only the names of the players and antagonists changed.
December 9, 2011
Stakes more personal than political [keep] Alfredson's chilly approach from leaving viewers out in the cold entirely.
December 9, 2011
The cast is uniformly excellent, but as the ringleader of the Circus, Oldman owns the proceedings. In his limitless constraint - his commanding torpor - he is the equal of the magnificent Alec Guinness in the miniseries.
December 9, 2011
A story about friends selling out friends, of wives betraying husbands, of everyone lying to anyone to gain an edge, an advantage, an extra bit of cash.
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