The Tailor of Panama
The Tailor of Panama (2001)

Harry Pendel, a Cockney ex-con who has reinvented himself as a popular tailor to the rich and powerful of Panama, is famous for his storytelling as well as his suits-but this time, his tales carry lethal repercussions. Preyed upon by… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 30, 2001
DVD Release Date: September 11, 2001
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Critic Score: 77% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Tailor of Panama is a smart, darkly satirical thriller with exuberant performances from Pierce Brosnan and Geoffrey Rush.

Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Boorman has crafted a witty, classy and richly enjoyable morality play, which skewers the mercenary self-interest behind Anglo-American imperialism almost as an afterthought.

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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle

A literate and entertaining comic thriller.

Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Brosnan... completely alters the tone of the movie with every scene he's in, bringing a level of smarminess that makes it far more interesting than just a bureaucratic spy thriller

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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

If you think the spy-thriller genre has been streamlined and spoofed and subverted until nothing new can be done to it, think again.

Susan Stark
Detroit News

A wise, vivid, thoughtfully textured film.

Ellen MacKay
Common Sense Media

Not a great movie -- for adults only.

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

Seems diligently assembled.

Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

[Boorman] manages to strike exactly the right tone, which is somewhere between irony and amused incredulity.

Harry Guerin
RTÉ (Ireland)

Funny, frisky and always on the right side of plausible. Mission accomplished.

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Flixster Audience Score: 46% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Sometimes messy and a bit too implausible to be taken serious, this is not one of the best John le Carré adaptations, but still it has some good performances… More
Derek Daniels
The film is good enough, I guess, but it just wasn't as interesting as I thought it would be. Geoffrey Rush is always good and this is no exception here,… More
Randy Tippy
An intriguing tale of espionage and coercion in Central America. *<i>Geoffrey Rush never ceases to amaze me and his performance here is no… More
Ken Stachnik
Amazing soundtrack
Dean King
A run of the mill espionage thriller, comedy? I was hoping for a bit more. Good cast but I just didn't find the story that interesting.
Drew Smith
Honestly, the movie's pretty ordinary. Some people drive the point that it's a satire or dark humorist's take on the spy film, but it… More