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Spy Game

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Germany, United States, Japan · 2001
Rated R · 2h 6m
Director Tony Scott
Starring Robert Redford, Brad Pitt, Catherine McCormack, Stephen Dillane
Genre Action, Crime, Thriller

On the day of his retirement, veteran CIA agent Nathan Muir learns that his former protégé has been arrested in China, is sentenced to die the next morning in Beijing, and that the CIA is considering letting that happen to avoid an international scandal.

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Salon by Charles Taylor

Manages to be entertaining and reasonably exciting. Scott's style may be slick and tricky but, if this and his last film, "Enemy of the State," are any indication, he's lost the glossy sadism that characterized his previous work.


Chicago Tribune by Mark Caro

If you like Redford, Spy Game will be a real treat: a fast electric thriller full of the old Sundance charm and pizzazz.


Village Voice by Mark Holcomb

Happily, beneath the film's nostalgic veneer and tooth-rattling visual and aural effects lies a mature ambiguity that's unusual for a holiday blockbuster -- and all but unheard of in a Tony Scott movie.


Entertainment Weekly by Owen Gleiberman

The film is brimming with plots, counterplots, dossiers, and sinister corrupt priorities, all held together by the telephoto obsidian gloss of Scott's look-ma-no-pauses style.


Miami Herald by Rene Rodriguez

The movie asks tough, unflinching questions about America's responsibility to maintain world peace -- and the price we are willing to pay in order to accomplish that. Timely stuff, indeed.


Philadelphia Inquirer by Steven Rea

Fans of swooping helicopter shots, alleys filled with backlit geysers of steam, and jump-cut editing that makes MTV look like Ingmar Bergman will relish the intercontinental intrigue and huggermugger that is Spy Game.

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