Sleuth
Sleuth (1972)

The mystery stage play by Anthony Shaffer was adapted by the author into this stylish film from director Joseph L. Manciewicz. Laurence Olivier stars as Andrew Wyke, a best-selling author of detective fiction living in a grand 16th century… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 27, 1998
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jay Cocks
TIME Magazine

This is a fastidious, acrobatically cunning and invigoratingly well-acted thriller.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

What really makes the movie come alive--what makes it work better than the play, really--are the lead performances by Lord Laurence Olivier, Michael Caine, and Alec Cawthorne.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

This stylish, intelligent mystery is full of delightfully unexpected twists, and boasts extraordinary performances from Michael Caine and Laurence Olivier.

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Variety Staff
Variety

Provides Laurence Olivier and especially Michael Caine with two of their best roles.

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews

With the exception of a brief showing by British thespian Alec Cawthorne, the only actors on screen are Olivier and Caine. Both are so good that there's not a moment when we wish for someone else to interrupt their duel.

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

Despite flaws (it's overlong and too theatrical, betraying its stage origins), this stylishly made cat-and-mouse thriller with strong social class overtones boasts great performances from Olivier and Michael Caine.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

Thoroughly entertaining.

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Film4

A hugely enjoyable thriller, adapted by Anthony Shaffer from his own phenomenally successful stage play, about two men involved in an intellectual but deadly game of cat and mouse.

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Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online

A stagebound but effective two-character thriller. It might work better on stage, but you're not like to find better leads.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
AJ Verser
A great movie adapted from a great play, Caine and Olivier are excellent together, and it's just perfect. I highly recommend this movie.
Drew Smith
Sleuth is brilliantly written, brilliantly acted and brilliantly crafted. It is a stage adaptation of the highest form. The material gets a little samey, which… More
Aditya Gokhale
Having loved British screenwriter Anthony Shaffer's occult thriller "The Wicker Man"(1973), I decided to give this 1972 film of his, a shot.… More
Cindy I
A hoot of a film with a completely oddball ending. Rich eccentric Lawrence Olivier invites Michael Caine over for visit to discuss Larry's wife, who Caine… More
Corey Wood
After a friend told me to see "Sleuth" [1972]. i had to see it! Its a good thing i did because this may be one of the greatest films i've ever… More
Ken Stachnik
This movie is incredible. 2 Guys, 1 House and a hell of a wild ride. The acting here is beyond top notch.