Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Actor-tastic adaptation of the 1974 British spy novel by John le Carré, directed by Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In) – his first English-language film.

In the bleak days of the Cold War, middle-aged, taciturn, espionage veteran George Smiley (Gary Oldman) is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet agent within MI6's echelons, dubbed the "Circus" by those who work there.

A previous adapation was made in 1979 as a seven-part series for BBC, featuring Alec Guiness as George Smiley.

Outstanding British Film and Best Adapted Screenplay at the 2012 BAFTAs.
2011Rating: M, contains violence and offensive language127 minsUK, France
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Variety

Variety

Everyone brings their A game, with Oldman setting the bar high.

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Total Film

Total Film

Prepare to lose yourself – in every sense – in a labyrinth of double-agents, deception and damn fine acting from the year’s best British line-up.

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Time Magazine

Time Magazine

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is so elegant, deliberate and smart that it’s a shocker it got made.

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The Telegraph

The Telegraph

It’s possible that this brooding, slow-burn approach to storytelling may seem old-fashioned to anyone weaned on the breathless chase sequences of modern espionage thrillers such as the Bourne or Mission: Impossible series.

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The New Yorker

The New Yorker

In all its forms, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy strikes the eye, and other senses, as demonstrably real.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

A brilliant study of the disenchantment, compromise and tension of the 1970s spy game.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

Tinker Tailor didn't work for me.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

When a film has so many attributes—including superior performances and a tangible sense of time, place, and atmosphere—it’s tempting to overlook its shortcomings.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

John Le Carré’s complicated, distanced Cold War classic turns into a visual delight with an authentic British feel.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Utterly absorbing, extremely smart and - considering this is a sad, shabby, drably grey-green world of obsessives, misfits, misdirection, disillusionment, self-delusion and treachery - quite beautifully executed.

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Daily Mail

Daily Mail

If you’re in the mood for expertly handled tension, subtle menace and superior acting by everyone involved, this is not to be missed.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

Its dealings and double-dealings will probably be better understood on a second viewing, but it only takes one to appreciate Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy as a film.

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