Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

Based on the classic novel of the same name, the international thriller is set at the height of the Cold War years of the mid-20th Century. George Smiley (Gary Oldman), a disgraced British spy, is rehired in secret by his government - which… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 20, 2012
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a dense puzzle of anxiety, paranoia, and espionage that director Tomas Alfredson pieces together with utmost skill.

David Thomson
The New Republic

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.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Tinker" radically -- superlatively -- condenses John Le Carré's classic novel, which could scarcely be bounded by seven hourlong episodes in the 1979 BBC adaptation.

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Austin Trunick
Under the Radar

Even an ensemble cast of a very high pedigree can't overcome a plot that's been compacted into near-incomprehensibility.

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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald

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.

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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

It's a well-crafted film that wears its old-fashionedness with pride.

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Justin Craig
FoxNews.com

"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.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

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.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

"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.

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Tom Glasson
Concrete Playground

A masterful adaptation of John Le Carre's 1970s spy thriller about the secret British hunt for a high-ranking KGB mole.

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Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
Liam Gadd
It's slow, complex, stimulating and uncompromising; basically an average movie-goer's nightmare. I love that.
Al S
A superior and utterly absorbing edge of your seat thriller that will knock you out of your seat. A masterpiece plain and simple. An instant classic of the spy… More
xGary Xx
An ex spy for MI6 is called out of retirement to uncover a Russian double agent in the top echelons of their organisation. The one thing that can be said in… More
Adam Kelly
John le Carre's "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" has been beautifully adpated by Tomas Alfredson and his team, in a wonderful combination of excellent… More
paul sandberg
If for one second you think that this adaptation of John LeCarre's seminal novel taking place during the 60's cold war is not relevant today, then you… More
Cynthia S.
Do not watch this film unless you are in the mood for a very slow, deep, intriguing, thinking movie. Not a lot of fast action going on here. These are NOT… More

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