Extraordinarily strong notices coming out of Venice fro Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy. Among the proud UK critics, The Guardian gives it 4/5 stars (“Right here, right now, it’s the film to beat at this year’s festival.”) and The Telegraph goes all in with 5/5 stars (“a superb adaptation… the film is a triumph.”)
Empire’s Matt Mueller:
Swedish director Tomas Alfredson, hot off the impressive child-vampire thriller Let The Right One In, makes an ideal candidate to handle Tinker’s chilly, melancholic intrigue and serve up a dispassionate portrait of miserable, paranoid spies. Gary Oldman too is an actor with the finely calibrated talent to wipe memories of Alec Guinness’ iconic performance as George Smiley, the nondescript intelligence analyst whose sad, drab exterior masks a fluent, animated intellect. Pile on a helping of stellar British thesps with career heat to burn (Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ciaran Hinds, Mark Strong and Toby Jones) and this makes for compelling adult entertainment.