Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Synopsis
During the Cold War, a veteran agent must ferret out a Soviet mole who is in the ranks of MI6.

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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...
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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....
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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Walked out of this movie

By reasonedreviewer
Wow - what an unsatisfying, disappointment of a movie. Was really looking forward to seeing Gary Oldman - it would have been nice if he spoke sometime in the first 20 minutes of the movie, rather...

Tinker Tailor

By lindarein
Manages to distill an enormously detailed and often confusing story into a two-hour movie that keeps moving while maintaining a seemingly leisurely pace. So much is told by the remarkable images; ...

Lost and Bored

By rob808pf
I'll start by saying I've read spy novels and like Cold War history, but this movie was a total dud. I was lost for at least the first 20 minutes and bored for the 95% of the movie. The movie went...

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

By jplazareck
Gripping cerebral mystery about the search for a traitor in British intelligence during the Cold War. I was fully engaged by the story and the acting, though some of my friends found it hard to...

C+/B-

By vcalmuscle
If not for the strong performance of Gary Oldman as George Smiley, this film might have ended up in the garbage heap. A difficult film to edit, due to the twists and turns and flashback sequences,...

TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY

By dottieb01
Slow, confusing, dull, pretentious in its forced and aritificial austerity. Not nearly as interesting or compelling as the miniseries or even the Le Carre book upon which it is based. Actually a...

A disappointment

By lisatshep
I felt very let down by this film. It rarely caught my interest and failed to keep it for long, and I never felt more than apathy towards any of the characters, as wonderful as the main actors all...

Tinker Tailor What's Going On?

By apfau
We're usually not idiots when it comes to following thrillers, but we had no idea what was going on in this movie. We didn't find it suspenseful or thrilling, just slow and confusing. Didn't like...

Tinker, Tailor

By cparker545
If the actors were paid for each spoken word they would be broke. The acting was far better than the screen writing. Had to fight a tendancy to doze off....

Watching the time go by

By dasindonna
Although the acting was excellent, the movie was slow moving. I don't particularly like his novels and now I can add movie adaptions of his books to the list....

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Rated R | For Some Sexuality/Nudity, Language and Violence
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Common Sense Media says Iffy for 16+ Excellent spy film mixes suspense and shocking moments.
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