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: April 22, 2005
DVD 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.

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

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

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.

Cole Smithey

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.

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

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 54% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
A disastrous film that wants to be more complex than it should be, coming up with more and more unnecessary details at the expense of simple concision, and so… 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
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
Richard C
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
Julie B
Yeah... um. Not the finest of films, but better than a sharp stick in the eye.