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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

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France, United Kingdom, Germany · 2011
Rated R · 2h 7m
Director Tomas Alfredson
Starring Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong
Genre Drama, Thriller, Mystery

MI6 calls espionage veteran agent George Smiley out of his forced retirement to uncover a Soviet mole during the Cold War. George has to find the mole before British intelligence leaks cause irreparable damage to the nation, and the Western world.

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Slant Magazine by Andrew Schenker

Order may be restored to the Circus, the "bad" elements weeded out, but in the jaundiced world the film has spent the last two hours so effectively delineating, the barriers between good and evil have been shown to be essentially meaningless.


Empire by Angie Errigo

Utterly absorbing, extremely smart and - considering this is a sad, shabby, drably grey-green world of obsessives, misfits, misdirection, disillusionment, self-delusion and treachery - quite beautifully executed.


IndieWire by Eric Kohn

I had to see the new version twice to realize that there's so much to appreciate about this multilayered production.


Village Voice by J. Hoberman

The latest Tinker Tailor is, in some ways, more explicit regarding various characters' sexual proclivities than was the miniseries. It's also more concise, but what's lost is George's pathos.


ReelViews by James Berardinelli

Tomas Alfredson's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy may be the best possible movie version of the story, but it illustrates that the big screen is not the ideal medium for a tale of this complexity.


Time Out by Keith Uhlich

The Cold War is over, but director Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In) and his collaborators have brought those suspicion-fueled days to vivid life in this masterful adaptation of John le Carré's beloved 1974 spy novel.


Variety by Leslie Felperin

An inventive, meaty distillation of Le Carre's 1974 novel, picture turns hero George Smiley's hunt for a mole within Blighty's MI6 into an incisive examination of Cold War ethics, rich in both contempo resonance and elegiac melancholy.


Time by Richard Corliss

At two hours, the film version is a third the miniseries' length, requiring severe compression by screenwriters Peter Straughan (The Debt) and Bridget O'Connor, which they've accomplished smartly.

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