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on 9 August 2017
Opinions are divided on Amazon but I've watched the film three times now and still say it's up there with The Ipcress File, The Spy Who Came in From the Cold and others. Director Tomas Alfredson got the look and feel just right in my opinion. Wardrobe and props looked as if they'd been lifted straight out of the old tv series "Callan". The muted colours, authentic looking locations and real characters brought a sparse but clever script to life without the need for gunfire, fast cars and explosions.

I also thought Gary Oldman's deadpan portrayal of George Smiley was spot on and Kathy Burke clearly relished her delivery of one of the best lines in the history of cinema.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 31 July 2016
This may not be as absorbing as the Sir Alec Guinness original but nevertheless it has plenty going for it not least Le Carre's trademark labyrinthine plot threads.
Perhaps a failing might be that there wasn't enough characterization built of each player in the MI6 'circus' : a fault in the overall film,especially as these actors are top class and could easily have contributed more to their roles given the chance.

I was left with the feeling that this would have been the equal of the original tv miniseries if indeed it had consisted of several segments and more depth.As it is Oldman's remote,cold portrayal of George Smiley carries the film in my opinion but it wasn't enough to make this into a classic.
It probably warrants a 2nd viewing to fully absorb the plot. I will certainly do that just to experience the beautiful Citroen DS driven by Cumberbatch, glimpses of other 70's cars, and some of the music especially 'Le Mere', a beautiful French classic updated with a disco beat .
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on 5 January 2016
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, did i get it at first, no. If your going to watch be ready to think and listen intently to everything which occurs in the film.
Its aim is to identity a Russian-planted mole in the upper ladder of members of the Circus, the upper organization of the British Intelligence Services.
One thing that made it very confusing? remembering all their names, it's easier to remember them as tinker tailor soldier poorman beggarman if you can remember them by that.
I won't lie, i did find it confusing I had to re tracked through each detail they presented me with before understanding how it all came about. Only bit of advise if your going to watch this film, pay very close attention to everything Smiley does and know that control does trust him once they leave.
Finally enjoyed the fact there were some big name celebs throughout : Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Colin Firth, Toby Jones, Benedict cumberbatch some of many.
I do recommend you watch this if you like something to thin k about and enjoy trying to solve who it is yourself. If not turn back people.
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on 14 April 2018
Seriously undervalued, this film, not just for the masterful performances by Oldman (incomparable), Hurt, Strong, Firth, Hardy, Cumberbatch, Hinds, but for the superbly taut script, the totally nailed-down 70s ambience (music, colours, clothes, drinking and smoking), and one of the best film soundtracks I've heard in years. Plus, it's actually quite moving. And subtle. The director, Tomas Alfredson, is exceedingly talented. A treat in every way if you like cerebral, melancholic spy stories. And I do.
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on 31 January 2018
From the perspective of someone familiar with the book and original television series it turned out to be a superficial but nevertheless entertaining skim over the source material. I suspect it is infuriatingly (or boringly) incomprehensible to anyone hitting it cold, as it were. A good couple of hour's viewing for Oldman, Firth and/or Cumberbatch fans, anyway, though Guinness remains the spycatcher nonpareil for me.
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on 28 October 2017
I have not read the book nor seen any TV series - as a first timer watching this film, it was extremely enjoyable and clever. Obviously not perfect, it raised a few questions and the ending felt rushed and unexplained in parts. Nonetheless still highly entertaining and leaving you guessing to the very end.

I was shocked to find over 100 persons who gave it one star, but when I read their reviews I understood that the novel has many fans who must have been heart broken when it did not meet expectation and the characters lacked expected flair.

Amazing cast with some of my favourite actors, BC never disappoints!
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on 3 August 2017
I bought both this film (2 hours) and the series (5.25 hours) with the intention of keeping the best one. Both are very good and hold the interest throughout. However I think the series (though more dated) superior to the film which is constrained more by the running time, having less time to present all the nuances and also jumps about more.
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on 2 October 2017
This is a truly outstanding movie, which oozes "atmosphere" throughout. Gary Oldman's performance is absolutely superb! Bear in mind that you probably won't understand what's going on the first time through, so repeated viewing will be necessary. I confess that I bought the book in an attempt to understand some aspects of the film, but ended up using the film to understand some aspects of the book. I guess I'm just slow on the uptake.
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on 4 November 2017
The acting in this movie is outstanding but the script is very poor and the film has no momentum. At first the greyness of 70s Britain is striking and pleasingly authentic, but after about an hour it just becomes wearying. Lethargy suffuses the performances and the plot is riddled with implausibilities. As others have pointed out, the idea that this Control (John Hurt) could be running the country’s intelligence services is laughable. The Christmas party too is an absolute joke. The film does not wear well.
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on 18 February 2016
This is a cerebral intelligent rendition of a very classy book. It misses the heart of the story, the despiar of the betrayal and the real individuality of the characters and their interaction, and is not as good as the BBC TV version with Alec Guinness - but then, it is much shorter. But it is very well and intensely made (some would argue too intensely) although not for the faint hearted or the easily bored. Gary Oldman is an excellent, but very different, Smiley, and there are wonderful supporting performances from the cream of British actors, most notably Kathy Burke, Toby Jones, Mark Strong and Benedict Cumberbatch.One for the head not the heart but beautifully realised.
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