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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The movie is riveting in the exact sense of the word: We feel nailed to the screen in the impossible task of working out what is going on-let alone why it matters."
‑ David Thomson, The New Republic
""Tinker" radically -- superlatively -- condenses John Le Carré's classic novel, which could scarcely be bounded by seven hourlong episodes in the 1979 BBC adaptation."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Even an ensemble cast of a very high pedigree can't overcome a plot that's been compacted into near-incomprehensibility."
‑ Austin Trunick, Under the Radar
"For all those that look at the films of the golden age and chide that "they don't make them that way anymore", here's a fine example that a film can be fresh, intelligent, drawing from the past while carving out its own unique and very contemporary vision"
‑ Jason Gorber, Twitch
"From watching the film, it ends up feeling like maybe reading the book should be a prerequisite, or perhaps viewing the five-hour miniseries would be a good idea."
‑ Jeff Beck, Examiner.com
"A deliberate, cerebral, grim and utterly absorbing film that makes covert operations appear as unsexy as the Bourne films made them seem fast-paced and thrilling."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"It's a well-crafted film that wears its old-fashionedness with pride."
‑ Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
""Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy," with its meticulous Cold War details and labyrinthine plot, is like a smoky 25-year-old single malt scotch whiskey. It hits you hard, but goes down smooth."
‑ Justin Craig, FoxNews.com
"Majestically directed, masterfully acted and brilliantly written, it's not just the best British film of the year but the best film of the year - full stop."
‑ Andy Lea, Daily Star
"A very gripping, brilliantly directed character driven genre film, with top class performances from a flawless ensemble cast headed by a perfect performance from Gary Oldman."
‑ Will Chadwick, We Got This Covered
"Ultimately, though, it is very much Oldman's film, thanks to a restrained tour de force performance. Smiley is weathered, worn and beaten down by life, but he's also a quiet, sure force of something that resembles good."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
""Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" has a murkiness to it that perfectly fits a spy film; you need to pay attention, or the story will slip away into the shadows."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"A masterful adaptation of John Le Carre's 1970s spy thriller about the secret British hunt for a high-ranking KGB mole."
‑ Tom Glasson, Concrete Playground
"It's of massive benefit ... to have many of the best British actors carrying this dense, convoluted plot through its many twists and knots."
‑ Matt Looker, TheShiznit.co.uk
"Alfredson's marvelous precision in showing how an agent might do difficult espionage work is as thrilling as any overblown James Bond setpiece."
‑ Mark Pfeiffer, Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
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