Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy2011
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
Critic Consensus: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a dense puzzle of anxiety, paranoia, and espionage that director Tomas Alfredson pieces together with utmost skill.
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as Bill Haydon
as George Smiley
as Ricki Tarr
as Jim Prideaux
as Roy Bland
as Oliver Lacon
as Peter Guillam
as Percy Alleline
as Toby Esterhase
as Connie Sachs
as Jerry Westerby
as Voice of Karla
as Mrs. Pope Graham
as Mary Alleline
as Ann Smiley
as Mrs. McCraig
as Bill Roach
as Tufty Thesinger
as Turkish Mistress
as Listening Woman
as Janitor Alwyn
as Guillam's Boyfriend
as Christmas Party Guest
as French Man at Residency
as Hungarian Waiter
as Woman in Window
as KGB Agent
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Critic Reviews for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
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.
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.
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.
It's a well-crafted film that wears its old-fashionedness with pride.
"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.
Audience Reviews for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
A complex espionage thriller that makes impeccable use of a careful pace to stretch the tension to its maximum and an appropriately dark cinematography to recreate the paranoia of the '70s and the Cold War maneuvers, while Gary Oldman underacts in a perfect performance.
Spy thriller that is a little too slow and uneventful for it's own good. Yes, sometimes there is a well paced shock, and overall the investigation is interesting enough. But there is no real twist to it and it all ends somewhat anticlimatic. The cast is outstanding as far as names go, but most of them remain somewhat underchallenged thanks to the (intentionally) bleak look and pace of the film.
It's slow, complex, stimulating and uncompromising; basically an average movie-goer's nightmare. I love that.
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