The Interpreter
The Interpreter (2005)

Escalating events begin when African-born U.N. translator Silvia Broome alleges that she has overheard a death threat against an African head of state, spoken in a rare dialect few people other than Silvia can understand. With the words… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: October 4, 2005
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Critic Score: 56% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A polished and intelligent thriller, though marred by plot implausibilities.

Ken Tucker
New York Magazine/Vulture

Penn is terrific in his low-key doggedness.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

I was steadily absorbed by The Interpreter, even though much of the plot didn't make a great deal of sense.

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Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net

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.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

This is largely a competent, successful thriller, but observing global politics from this perspective is an uncomfortable, frustrating experience.

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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com

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.

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Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

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

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Scott Tobias
AV Club

The film's themes are disappointingly vague and unspecific, built around a fictitious African country that stands for anywhere -- and consequently nowhere.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

As a straight-ahead thriller, the movie is enjoyable and stirring much of the time.

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Jamie Russell
Film4

It's a dumb movie masquerading as smart but failing miserably.

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Flixster Audience Score: 55% Flixster User Reviews
Wildaly M
Kidman and Penn are good actors but the script is a bit limited, especially in terms of characterization, and it just leaves you thinking that this… More
Steven Carrier
"The Interpreter" is an emotional final film from Sydney Pollack. This is a classy picture that harkens back to the political thrillers of the 60s,… More
Melvin White
Tobin Keller: I'd rather make the mistake of believing her, than the bigger one of not.† "The truth needs no translation" Despite liking both… More
Richard C
B-
Carlos Magalh„es
A disastrous film that tries to be more complex than it should be, each time coming up with more unnecessary details at the expense of simple concision. The… More
Julie B
Yeah... um. Not the finest of films, but better than a sharp stick in the eye.

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