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‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’ Early Reviews and Posters

Posted September 6, 2011 by Max in Film News

One of my most anticipated films of the year, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, made its opening bow this weekend at the Venice Film Festival.

The film directed by Tomas Alfredson, and features an all-star cast including, Gary OldmanColin FirthTom HardyMark StrongBenedict CumberbatchCiaran HindsMark StrongSvetlana KhodchenkoToby JonesJohn HurtStephen Graham and Kathy Burke.

During the weekend, new posters were made available for the film and they were designed by Paul Smith and presented by Empire. According to the write-up about the posters at /Film, the fourth poster might contain some spoilers.





Some early reviews have popped up along with the premier. Here are some choice quotes from the best of them:

Matt Mueller of Indiewire didn’t love the film, but said it delivers what it promises:

Fans of the genre will finger the culprit early and without that added layer of suspicion, the big reveal is left feeling perfunctory, almost blasé. Minus that last cathartic gasp, Tinker Tailor Solder Spy settles for being a very good as opposed to a superb spy thriller.

Leslie Felperin of Variety says Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy should clean up nicely come awards season:

An inventive, meaty distillation of Le Carre’s 1974 novel, pic turns hero George Smiley’s hunt for a mole within Blighty’s MI6 into an incisive examination of Cold War ethics, rich in both contempo resonance and elegiac melancholy. Finely hammered to appeal to discerning auds and kudo-awarding bodies, “Tinker” should do sterling biz.

Guy Lodge of In Contention is also not overwhelmed, but that might be more on the material then the film itself:

Alfredson was an inspired but sensitive choice to direct this potentially outmoded material, and his delicate mood-cultivating sensibility reaps the same rare rewards that it did in his previous hit. A classy throwback to the pleasures of long-view tale-spinning, and an evocation of a time and place fading before its occupants’ own eyes, this is as inactively riveting a thriller as anyone is allowed to make these days.

Also, Empire has provided the internet with a new exclusive clip:

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