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  • Summary: A millionaire detective novelist matches wits with the unemployed actor who ran off with his wife in a deadly serious, seriously twisted game with dangerous consequences. (Sony Pictures Classics)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 30
  2. Negative: 5 out of 30
  1. 75
    Caine, who has never been much for the stage, is a superb screen actor, so good his master classes on acting for the camera are on DVD. Here, dry and clipped, biting and savage, he goes for the kill.
  2. Language this lethal has all but disappeared from the movies, and it's an unmitigated pleasure to observe Caine and Law attack it with such ferocity. Sleuth is nasty fun.
  3. Despite top-flight acting from Michael Caine and Jude Law, it loses its grip in the third act and let's the air out of what might have been a memorably gripping film.
  4. It's not a disaster: Branagh is an actor's director, and there are biting moments throughout and solid performances from Caine and Law.
  5. 50
    The result is unfortunate: Pinter can't find emotional depths that just aren't there, but dispenses with most of what made the original entertaining in the search for them.
  6. Reviewed by: Simon Crook
    40
    Minus a couple of brisk, black laughs, this hollow remake botches the twists and sucks the fun right out of its feisty source.
  7. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    30
    If you consider what the exalted quartet of Branagh, Pinter, Caine and Law might have done with the project, and what they did to it, Sleuth has to be the worst prestige movie of the year.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 11
  2. Negative: 5 out of 11
  1. EmmaG.
    Oct 17, 2007
    9
    Great performances, Law and Caine are brilliant, fantastic dialogues and, last but not least, amazing work by Kenneth Branagh.
  2. ChadS.
    Mar 18, 2008
    7
    They're only acting, Andrew(Michael Caine) and Milo(Jude Law); slipping on other skins is how the novelist and actor butter their bread. Both men shoot Harold Pinter's words at each other with cold precision. They duel in rooms illuminated by a blue light. Their mouths are benign guns. Andrew is just pretending, like a blank pretends to be a bullet, when the novelist aims his pistol at Milo. It's a game. The jewel heist, nothing more than smoke and mirrors. Both robbery attempts are deconstructive and anti-climactic. "Sleuth" is really about identity. In the endgame, the blue light affixes itself to Milo alone, while the sudden appearance of the red light seeks out Andrew in melancholic repose. Perhaps, these are the two men as they really are, finally, in three-dimensions, the truth comes out as the red and blue lights converge and produce a white light; an x-ray light. Expand
  3. May 30, 2012
    6
    One of those dialog heavy films that, if you enjoy conversation in film the way I do, you'll enjoy. It's not something that demands repeat viewings like a Lynch, Kubrick or Leigh film, but it'll hold your attention just for the fact that you will want to see what happens next... and how it will end. It's fun to watch Caine and Law try to "one-up" each other, as the film is pretty much a game or contest. It is almost one of those "day-in-the-life" movies (but actually takes place over two separate days). Good acting, great first and second act but, semi-weak third act. Not bad, not great. Expand
  4. [Anonymous]
    Oct 15, 2007
    4
    Flaccid, pointless remake that often feels like a Pinter parody.
  5. Jul 11, 2013
    2
    Después de todo una película que no deja nada en que pensar sino un revuelto de palabras y "juegos" sin sentido comun, La pelicula deja un vacio ademas de ser aburrida Expand
  6. Dec 4, 2012
    2
    Obviously adapted from a play - the characters stand around and wait, doing nothing until it's their turn to talk. Probably the worst adaption from a play to a movie I've ever seen. And more importantly, as is often the case with plays (for whatever reason), the characters talk and behave completely unrealistically. Especially at the end. [EDITED TO ADD] I've never seen the old movie or the play, but I just read the synopsis of the old movie, and it the ending sounds like it makes a LOT more sense than this one. Watch that one instead. Expand
  7. MarkC.
    Nov 21, 2007
    0
    A very good original, and a very bad remake, Michael Caine doesn't do anything, a serious bore, way too short and cheesy.

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