100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
Screenwriters Bridget O'Connor and Peter Straughan have clarified a few things that needed clarifying, camouflaged a few things that needed camouflaging - and gently tugged some passive flashbacks into the active present. It's a cagey adaptation.
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95

NPR

By Ella Taylor
The screenplay, by Peter Straughan and his late wife, Bridget O'Connor, is debonair. Alfredson's mastery of tone and ambiance is flawless. The bloodletting is brief and necessarily appalling, the comedy mordant: I guarantee you will never sing along to "Mr. Woo" in quite the same way again.
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90

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
This version of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy turns on the presence of Mr. Oldman, and he is an actor of great experience and accomplishment who has finally found a film that fully deserves him.
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
In its attention to detail and awareness of betrayals both political and human, "Tinker Tailor'' is a movie for grown-ups.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Oldman gives a performance that is flawless in every detail.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
A puzzle of a highly rarefied order. At times it's enthrallingly clever and subtle; at others it's borderline incomprehensible.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

It is one of the few films so visually absorbing, felicitous shot after shot, that its emotional coldness is noticed only at the end, when all the plot twists are unraveled in a solid piece of thinking-man's entertainment for upmarket thriller audiences.
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80

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Even those who adored Alec Guinness as the small-screen George Smiley will appreciate Gary Oldman's perfectly attuned turn as a Cold War spy drawn back from forced retirement.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Even if you get lost - in the spyspeak, in the codes, in the comings and goings of grim-faced men with satchels full of documents they should not have - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is worth getting lost in.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The film employs a largely British cast that is perhaps the most impressive ensemble of any movie this year.
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85 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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