The Tiger's Tail
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Deliverance and Tailor of Panama director John Boorman returns to the director's chair for this tale of a hawkish businessman who slowly finds his life being taken over by the twin brother he never knew he had. Liam O'Leary (Brendan Gleeson) is a no-nonsense real-estate developer who isn't above greasing the politician's wheels a bit to get the permits he needs. His 20-year marriage to Jane (Kim Cattrall) has been stale for over a decade, and his adolescent son, Connor (Brian Gleeson), has most recently taken to communism as a means of showcasing his rebellious streak. Though… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 15%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A messy but absorbing mystery."
‑ David Cornelius,
"A real waste of a potentially interesting premise."
‑ Dan Jardine, Apollo Guide
"An almost madcap comic pace battles with thundercloud-building drama . . . The social commentary can be earnest and bald, with the mythic overtones seemingly contrived to tumble O'Leary into the class gap on his arse."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"Not quite a car crash of a movie, Boorman's uneven black comedy is more like a fender-bender. It falls into the twilight zone between so bad it's good and so bad it's bad."
‑ Jamie Russell, Film4
"Despite Boorman's subtle, suggestive direction and a nice central performance from Gleeson, this low-key thriller never quite works."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Amateurish technical contrivance isn't this awkward, retro failure's only deficiency."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"The Tiger's Tail, like Cassandra's Dream, prominently features a boat that is both symbol of financial attainment and emotional ruin; it also finds a master filmmaker defying the "show, don't tell" principle with almost crippling cynicism."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"Far from being a roaring, sinewy beast with a lot of bite that the title might suggest, John Boorman's latest has more in common with a lumbering white elephant."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"As tigers go, it's all growl and no teeth."
‑ Neil Smith, BBC
"Any potential in Boorman's sinister parable is frittered away with awkward dialogue, shallow characters and failed attempts at comedy. A curiosity at best."
‑ Anna Smith, Empire Magazine
"The world recession has made this suspenseful film bitingly relevant beyond the local problems of the maiming of "The Celtic Tiger.""
‑ Nora Lee Mandel,
"If there's anything about the movie that really rises above the mediocre, it's Gleeson's fantastic performance."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"John Boorman's tale of doppelgängers in Dublin would like very much to spook us, but keeps tripping over its loose script and bizarre plot lines."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"You get two Brendan Gleesons for the price of one in John Boorman's Dublin-set comedy, though neither is shown to his advantage in this uncomfortable mix of social satire and over-ripe melodrama."
‑ , Total Film
"John Boorman's self-indulgent "moral fable" has promise ..., but like the dueling entrepreneurs who populate one strand of the narrative, delivers more sizzle than steak."
‑ S. James Wegg, JWR
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