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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

HD   R Closed Captioning

Tomas Alfredson

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About the Movie

Gary Oldman leads a stunning all-star cast in this masterful adaptation of John le Carré’s bestselling novel that redefined the spy thriller. At the height of the Cold War, a precarious operation goes deadly wrong, and the head of British Intelligence wonders if a double agent is leaking vital secrets. Brought out of retirement to expose the potential mole, master spy George Smiley (Oldman) is the only one who can be trusted to expose one of their own.Or can he? As the emotional and physical tolls mount on the high-ranking suspects, Smiley will be forced into the ultimate international spy game where everyone’s motives are in question. Filled with stunning performances by Academy Award® winner Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, John Hurt, Toby Jones, Mark Strong, Benedict Cumberbatch and Ciarán Hinds, it’s the powerful and deeply resonant spy tale that Ebert Presents at the Movies hails as “hands down the best new thriller this year.”

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 217
  • Fresh: 180
  • Rotten: 37
  • Average Rating: 7.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Alfredsen made the excellent vampire thriller "Let the Right One In," and his knack for brackish, enveloping atmosphere is rare indeed. – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, Dec 15, 2011

Fresh: In its attention to detail and awareness of betrayals both political and human, "Tinker Tailor'' is a movie for grown-ups. – Ty Burr, Boston Globe, Dec 15, 2011

Fresh: It's a 1970s story told in 1970s style, an unrepentant un-reboot so old school that it feels subversively new. – Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Dec 16, 2011

Rotten: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy begins to seem phlegmatic after a while. – J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, Dec 15, 2011

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Customer Reviews


Walking into the theatre to see "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy", I didn't really know what to expect. I never read the John Le Carré novel the movie was based upon, but I was still drawn in by its all-star British cast and intriguing espionage premise set during the Cold War. And for the most part, I was far from disappointed with what the film had to offer. The acting, for one, was absolutely phenomenal. Gary Oldman, in particular, was not only genuinely believable with his haunting performance, but also unique in the way that he brought so much life to his mysterious and often silent character, George Smiley. Others like Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch and Ciarán Hinds were also terrifically cast in their respective roles. In addition, the story was psychologically tense and unpredictable, the score was beautifully eerie, and the cinematography was simply astounding. However, there was one major problem that the movie suffered from: it often moved at an extremely slow pace, so much so that it prevented me from understanding and following along with the complex plot at times. Still, that slight misstep didn't stop me from enjoying the film overall. It was smart, dense, and brilliantly directed. Now before I end this review, let me just say that a movie like "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" is definitely not for everyone. If you have a short attention span and prefer watching flicks that require little to no thinking, there's a good chance you won't like it at all. Nevertheless, for those of you who are willingly patient enough to sit through this taut, thought-provoking period drama, you'll be rewarded with a satisfyingly suspenseful motion picture experience. At the very least, it's worth a rent.

A Lovingly Made Spy Film!

"Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" is one of the reasons that I love watching movies. It had me on the edge of my seat, and not with shoot-outs or car chases, but with the intensity of the acting and dialogue.

The story takes place during the Cold War, when a top-secret operation goes terribly wrong. When the head of British Intelligence suspects a mole in the highest of ranks, he pulls George Smiley out of retirement to find the deciever.

The story is very intense and well put together; all enhanced by the screenplay and the entire cast. Gary Oldman is one of my favorite actors working today, and I'm pleased that he finally got some overdue recognition from the Academy with his Best Actor nomination. The supporting cast, played by nearly every British actor alive, does an equally fantastic job and reminded me why I like all of them.

The technical aspects of the film are amazing as well. The cinematography made everything it shot look like a work of art. The score was very jazzy and had a sometimes creepy feel to it. And of course, Thomas Alfredson's direction was incredible, making me upset that he didn't recieve a nomination for his work.

I do have to warn the general audience though. While this is indeed a thriller, this isn't a thriller as one would define any of the "Bourne" movies or "Hanna". This film gives you its thrills through intense conversation. So if you don't want to listen to people talking for two hours, then this film isn't for you. But for those who love good dialogue and story, backed by phenomanal performances, then this is a wonderful treat. Two Thumbs Up!

"Things aren't always what they seem." - David Dencik as "Poorman"

smart and polished

well made in every field

great performence from Gary Oldman