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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)



Critic Consensus: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a dense puzzle of anxiety, paranoia, and espionage that director Tomas Alfredson pieces together with utmost skill.

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Based on the classic novel of the same name, the international thriller is set at the height of the Cold War years of the mid-20th Century. George Smiley (Gary Oldman), a disgraced British spy, is rehired in secret by his government - which fears that the British Secret Intelligence Service, a.k.a. MI-6, has been compromised by a double agent working for the Soviets. -- (C) Focus Features

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Colin Firth
as Bill Haydon
Gary Oldman
as George Smiley
Tom Hardy
as Ricki Tarr
Mark Strong (II)
as Jim Prideaux
John Hurt
as Control
Ciarán Hinds
as Roy Bland
Simon McBurney
as Oliver Lacon
Benedict Cumberbatch
as Peter Guillam
Toby Jones
as Percy Alleline
David Dencik
as Toby Esterhase
Kathy Burke
as Connie Sachs
Stephen Graham
as Jerry Westerby
Michael Sarne
as Voice of Karla
Matyelok Gibbs
as Mrs. Pope Graham
Stuart Graham
as Minister
Sarah-Jane Robinson
as Mary Alleline
Linda Marlowe
as Mrs. McCraig
Erskine Wylie
as Spikeley
Philip Martin Brown
as Tufty Thesinger
Alexandra Salafranca
as Turkish Mistress
Gillian Steventon
as Listening Woman
Nick Hopper
as Janitor Alwyn
Rupert Procter
as Guillam's Boyfriend
John Le Carré
as Christmas Party Guest
Christian McKay
as Mackelvore
Jean-Claude Jay
as French Man at Residency
Péter Kálloy Molnár
as Hungarian Waiter
Ilona Kassai
as Woman in Window
Imre Csuja
as KGB Agent
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Critic Reviews for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

All Critics (231) | Top Critics (68)


December 3, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

So beautifully executed and so visually absorbing and so atmospherically hypnotic that I wonder this: would it have been awfully greedy to have hoped to have wholly understood it, too?

August 31, 2018 | Full Review…

The movie is riveting in the exact sense of the word: We feel nailed to the screen in the impossible task of working out what is going on-let alone why it matters.

June 20, 2013 | Full Review…

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy can assert a serious claim to be the best espionage film ever made.

March 19, 2012 | Rating: 5/5

It begins and ends with Oldman. This is a superlative performance, the renowned actor perched on his chair like a wise old owl overseeing his domain.

January 27, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

A deliberate, cerebral, grim and utterly absorbing film that makes covert operations appear as unsexy as the Bourne films made them seem fast-paced and thrilling.

January 6, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

A complex espionage thriller that makes impeccable use of a careful pace to stretch the tension to its maximum and an appropriately dark cinematography to recreate the paranoia of the '70s and the Cold War maneuvers, while Gary Oldman underacts in a perfect performance.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


Spy thriller that is a little too slow and uneventful for it's own good. Yes, sometimes there is a well paced shock, and overall the investigation is interesting enough. But there is no real twist to it and it all ends somewhat anticlimatic. The cast is outstanding as far as names go, but most of them remain somewhat underchallenged thanks to the (intentionally) bleak look and pace of the film.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer


It's slow, complex, stimulating and uncompromising; basically an average movie-goer's nightmare. I love that.

Liam Gadd
Liam Gadd

Super Reviewer

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