Critic Consensus: Beirut tells a complex, tightly plotted tale of international intrigue, further elevated by strong central performances from Jon Hamm and Rosamund Pike.
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But while the philosophy of Beirut is lacking, the film is generally entertaining.
Tony Gilroy's script is intricate and intelligent, with an appropriately cynical view of US foreign relations. And Hamm makes hay with his best role since Mad Men.
An enjoyably pacey spy picture, unfolding against the backdrop of a country that has imploded.
At times it feels like a slightly less expensive Munich, or Homeland in artificial fabrics. Yet the performances are uniformly gritty and the script by Tony Gilroy does a nice job of balancing geopolitical nous with brisk storytelling.
Kudos to Anderson and Gilroy for making a low-action, dialogue-heavy geopolitical thriller in this day and age.
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