Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Film) Review

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Released: 9th December 2011
Director: Tomas Alfredson
Starring: Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong, Ciaran Hinds
Rating: R
Running Time: 128

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a dense puzzle of anxiety, paranoia, and espionage that director Tomas Alfredson pieces together with utmost skill.

Based on the classic novel of the same name, the international thriller is set at the height of the Cold War years of the mid-20th Century. George Smiley (Gary Oldman), a disgraced British spy, is rehired in secret by his government - which fears that the British Secret Intelligence Service, a.k.a. MI-6, has been compromised by a double agent working for the Soviets. -- (C) Focus Features

Roger Ebert (Chicago Sun-Times) said:
""Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" looks, sounds and feels exactly right."

Manohla Dargis (New York Times) said:
"The story, skillfully mined from Mr. le Carre's labyrinthine book and set in 1973, is a pleasurably sly and involving puzzler - a mystery about mysteries within mysteries."

Claudia Puig (USA Today) said:
"Tinker Tailor requires close watching, but viewers are rewarded with a moody, layered and involving thriller."

Kenneth Turan (Los Angeles Times) said:
"This is a film to which very close attention must be paid, but the rewards of doing so are considerable."

Peter Travers (Rolling Stone) said:
"Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy emerges as a tale of loneliness and desperation among men who can never disclose their secret hearts... It's easily one of the year's best films."

J. Hoberman (Village Voice) said:
"Best known for Let the Right One In, the bleak tween vampire drama remade here as Let Me In, Alfredson is strong on chilly atmospherics."

Anthony Lane (New Yorker) said:
"Something in the drama has been dulled, and I was almost bored."

Sarah Crompton (Daily Telegraph) said:
"A riveting version of a classic book, one that stands as an equal alongside its television forebear."

(Film4) said:
"One of the best-looking, best-acted spy movies we've seen in a long while."

David Sexton (This is London) said:
"The casting throughout is sumptuous, nothing less."

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