The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Thrillers don't get much smarter than The Interpreter.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
As beautifully designed, swift and sleek as a classic sports car, throbbing with emotion and intelligence, it's a neat suspense film that's also dramatically and sociologically potent, with two supremely talented stars, Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn, delivering beyond the emotional call of duty.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
An elegant adventure of a different kind.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
A suspense thriller of rare intelligence.
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New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
An intelligent, old-fashioned nail-biter.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The Interpreter bristles with the smart, steadily engrossing tension that marked such 1970s goodies as "All the President's Men," "The Parallax View" and Pollack's own "Three Days of the Condor."
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
In the absence of internal logic, external style and emotional intelligence carry the day.
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USA Today

By Mike Clark
With major stars, a name director and grown-up subject matter, this middling drama is less a movie to recommend with vigor than to covet on general principles.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
The film feels long, the editing is choppy, and the plot strands are at once convoluted and cliched.
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
A righteous but wrongheaded thriller, chokes on its well-meant outrage and leaves a moth-eaten plot and handful of nonsense characters on its way to a dopey finish.
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62 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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