Three Days of the Condor
Three Days of the Condor (1975)

"His code name is Condor. In the next 24 hours, everyone he trusts will try to kill him." As the ads ominously announced, a low-level spook confronts the unfathomable in Sydney Pollack's 1975 political thriller, adapted from… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 17, 1999
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This post-Watergate thriller captures the paranoid tenor of the times, thanks to Syndey Pollack's taut direction and excellent performances from Robert Redford and Faye Dunaway.


Basically a B, it has been elevated in form -- but not in substance -- via four bigger names, location shooting and more production values. Sometimes the trick works, but not here.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Three Days of the Condor is a well-made thriller, tense and involving, and the scary thing, in these months after Watergate, is that it's all too believable.

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Fernando F. Croce

A careful work of adjustment and prophecy

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Basically, the film is a throwback to the 60s anti-Bond spy thriller (a la The Ipcress File), except here the genre's annihilating irony has been replaced by Pollack's liberal piousness.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

At its best moments, Three Days of the Condor creates without effort or editorializing that sense of isolation -- that far remove from reality -- within which super-government agencies can operate with such heedless immunity.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

remains entertaining and continues to hold up over the years

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

The action rarely falters, and at its best the film offers an intriguing slice of neo-Hitchcock.

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Andrea Beach
Common Sense Media

Tense, violent '70s spy movie shows its age.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

If the story had stuck to its guns as a political thriller, it would have been fantastic. However, the sideline story of a codependent lover made things screech to a halt.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
A great cast, and a pretty good story, but it could have been a lot better with some more excitement added in.
Pierluigi Puccini
The romantic subplot has not the impact it should, it's trite, non transcendental, and the score is terribly dated. On the other hand, the performances… More
Stella Dallas
hate the poster, cheesy jazz and the horrible romantic interlude. everything else is terrific. one of the great conspiracy thrillers of the 70's.… More
Aaron Neuwirth
Joubert: Condor is an amateur. He's lost, unpredictable, perhaps even sentimental. He could fool a professional. Not deliberately, but precisely because he… More
Dan Schultz
A well-constructed, competently acted thriller concerning a reader for the CIA (Robert Redford) having to come to grips with the danger of his position once his… More
Michael Gildea
I liked it but I didn't love it. Great supporting cast.

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