Sleuth (2007)

The updated story of a wealthy writer of detective stories, and an aspiring yet out-of-work actor who is having an affair with the writer's wife. The writer's exquisitely modernized Georgian manor becomes the backdrop for a cat and… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 11, 2008
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Critic Score: 36% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Sleuth is so obvious and coarse, rather than suspenseful and action-packed, that it does nothing to improve on the original version

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Director Kenneth Branagh has mercifully pared the action down to 88 minutes (the first movie dragged on for 138), but the final act... still seems to go on forever.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

It doesnt work, and the reasons why are no mystery, no mystery at all.

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

It requires a light touch; I admire Branagh a great deal, but not for his light touch.

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

Kenneth Branagh's direction, its self-consciously skewed angles and surveillance-cam cutaways highlighting his weakness for the misplaced flourish, is more of a hindrance than a help.

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

This film wants only to entertain, and other talents have gathered with Pinter to help.

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Chris Laverty
Clothes on Film

Idly plotted then tempered by a blunt ending. All of a sudden the viewer is left pondering 'eh?' as Pinter apparently run out of room on his pad.

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Sean Means

Director Kenneth Branagh clearly is having fun navigating Tim Harvey's slick set design, but eventually the characters' deadly competitiveness becomes tedious.

Tom Long
Detroit News

It sounds so promising. It plays so disappointing.

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Alonso Duralde

Pinter's pauses, and the dour air of so much of the interplay, just don't fit on a story that's this slight.

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Flixster Audience Score: 52% Flixster User Reviews
Bruce Bruce
I personally found Sluth difficult to watch. And that is strange because it has two very fine actors playing the major rolls, never the less this film left me… More
Lady D'arbanville
Here's a film to divide audiences - Michael Caine and Jude Law in a dialogue fuelled film Directed by Keneth Branagh. A mind game about control, one… More
Christian C
Not as good as the original, but if you never saw that, it's got some twists worth seeing. Doubt this film will hit Branagh's resume.
Anthony Lawrie
I've not seen the original, so I watched the 2007 version of Sleuth with clear judgement and an open mind. First off, Pinter's script is brilliant,… More
Al S
A riveting and dazzling film. A masterful, intelligent and tremendously tense cat and mouse thriller. It`s a hypnotic, stylish and superbly acted masterpiece.… More
Jim Hunter
I came into this movie quite skeptical. After all, the original film was quite good, but its goodness was based on its surprises. Ergo, I reasoned, the same… More