The Interpreter
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An overheard conversation leads a woman into a dark world of deadly intrigue in this political thriller. Silvia Broome (Nicole Kidman) is an African émigré who works as an interpreter at the United Nations. One of the languages she understands is Ku, a dialect spoken in her home country of Matobo. One day, as the General Assembly auditorium is being evacuated for a routine security sweep, Broome overhears a man speaking in Ku, who makes a cryptic statement that could be interpreted as a threat against the life of Zuwanie (Earl Cameron), Matobo's controversial ruler. Secret Service agent… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 56%

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"Penn is terrific in his low-key doggedness."
‑ Ken Tucker, New York Magazine
"While it pains me to beat up on Pollack, who, in addition to being a consistently wonderful actor, is at least attempting to make movies the old-fashioned way, it pains me more to actually sit through his movies."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek,
"As a character drama about dealing with violence and loss, The Interpreter is a quiet success. Unfortunately, it's a thriller, and all of the qualities that make it a successful character study rob it of the tension a thriller needs to succeed."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
"High-class to a fault, and well-cast in every supporting role ... nevertheless burns with a very low flame."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"full review in Greek"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"This is largely a competent, successful thriller, but observing global politics from this perspective is an uncomfortable, frustrating experience."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"As a straight-ahead thriller, the movie is enjoyable and stirring much of the time."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Much ballyhooed for its on-location filming in and around the United Nations building in Manhattan "The Interpreter" works better as a captivating drama than it does as an espionage thriller due to some sticking plot points that prevent the audience from"
‑ Cole Smithey,
"It may not be a perfect film, but it's just nice to see a master at work."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
"The problem with all this sneaking around is that it is rarely ever all that suspenseful."
‑ Peter T. Chattaway, Christianity Today
"I was steadily absorbed by The Interpreter, even though much of the plot didn't make a great deal of sense."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"You're left with admirable, even noble, wreckage, but wreckage it is."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"It's a dumb movie masquerading as smart but failing miserably."
‑ Jamie Russell, Film4
"Now we know actors are just that, but it's a little hard to suspend disbelief and buy Sean as a government agent out to foil an assassination plot, when just a few months ago he was out to assassinate Richard Nixon on screen."
‑ Prairie Miller, Long Island Press
"Solid, mature and finely acted, but intermittently daft."
‑ Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine
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