The Tailor of Panama (2001) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Tailor of Panama (2001)



Critic Consensus: The Tailor of Panama is a smart, darkly satirical thriller with exuberant performances from Pierce Brosnan and Geoffrey Rush.

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Harry Pendel, a Cockney ex-con who has reinvented himself as a popular tailor to the rich and powerful of Panama, is famous for his storytelling as well as his suits-but this time, his tales carry lethal repercussions. Preyed upon by ruthless, seductive British spy Osnard, Harry spins a yarn that inadvertently sets off a series of events to destroy everything he values most in his life.

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Pierce Brosnan
as Andrew Osnard
Geoffrey Rush
as Harold Pendel
Jamie Lee Curtis
as Louisa Pendel
Brendan Gleeson
as Michelangelo Abraxas
Harold Pinter
as Uncle Benny
Catherine McCormack
as Francesca Deane
Daniel Radcliffe
as Mark Pendel
Lola Boorman
as Sarah Pendel
David Hayman
as Luxmore
Mark Margolis
as Rafi Domingo
Martin Savage
as Stormont
Edgardo Molino
as Juan-David
Jonathan Hyde
as Cavendish
Dylan Baker
as Dusenbaker
Ken Jenkins
as Morecombe
Luis A. Goti
as Ernesto Delgado
Vladimir Vega
as Customer
Iris De Arco
as Palace Secretary
Cesar Sanjur
as Angelo the Manager
Diomara De Ruiz
as Mrs. Delgado
Doug Cockle
as Pentagon Aide
Patrick Poletti
as Officer 1
Andrew French
as Officer 2
Frank Melia
as 1st Official
Lisa Dwan
as Stewardess
Paolo Tulio
as Panamanian Businessman
Siraj Zaidi
as 2nd Official
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Critic Reviews for The Tailor of Panama

All Critics (116) | Top Critics (36)

Boorman has crafted a witty, classy and richly enjoyable morality play, which skewers the mercenary self-interest behind Anglo-American imperialism almost as an afterthought.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

If you think the spy-thriller genre has been streamlined and spoofed and subverted until nothing new can be done to it, think again.

September 26, 2002

Seems diligently assembled.

May 2, 2001

A literate and entertaining comic thriller.

April 20, 2001

A wise, vivid, thoughtfully textured film.

April 20, 2001 | Rating: 4/4

[Boorman] manages to strike exactly the right tone, which is somewhere between irony and amused incredulity.

April 20, 2001

Audience Reviews for The Tailor of Panama

Sometimes messy and a bit too implausible to be taken serious, this is not one of the best John le Carré adaptations, but still it has some good performances (Rush, Brosnan and Curtis) in an average spy story that most of the time manages to be pretty entertaining.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


An intriguing tale of espionage and coercion in Central America. *Geoffrey Rush never ceases to amaze me and his performance here is no exception.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer


A run of the mill espionage thriller, comedy? I was hoping for a bit more. Good cast but I just didn't find the story that interesting.

Dean King
Dean King

Super Reviewer

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