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  • Summary: A suspenseful thriller of international intrigue set inside the political corridors of the United Nations and on the streets of New York. (Universal)
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  1. Positive: 25 out of 41
  2. Negative: 0 out of 41
  1. Very much a '70s-style paranoid thriller, with a mood, tone and cascade of plot twists that are highly reminiscent of his 1975 classic, "Three Days of the Condor."
  2. A suspense thriller of rare intelligence.
  3. 75
    The Interpreter bristles with the smart, steadily engrossing tension that marked such 1970s goodies as "All the President's Men," "The Parallax View" and Pollack's own "Three Days of the Condor."
  4. The Interpreter is ultimately fluent in many things, but an out-and-out thriller it is not.
  5. 60
    In the end, nothing about The Interpreter strikes us as very original.
  6. 50
    A righteous but wrongheaded thriller, chokes on its well-meant outrage and leaves a moth-eaten plot and handful of nonsense characters on its way to a dopey finish.
  7. The director, Sydney Pollack, who appears briefly in the film, has done his experienced best with this Scotch-taped script. But his two stars are insuperable handicaps.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 50 out of 79
  2. Negative: 15 out of 79
  1. Aug 27, 2014
    A fascinating look at how different worlds collide. Nicole Kidman is daring and bold. The Interpreter is reflective of similar films of this nature; however, uses fresh concepts surrounding the United Nations and rebellion. Expand
  2. Aug 11, 2012
    'The Interpreter' is just simply not thrilling. That's quite a shame considering the film in question is a "thriller". Regardless, one of the final movies directed by Sydney Pollack does have its moments, with Catherine Keener a standout in her supporting role. Regrettably the two lead actors aren't as exciting. Sean Penn seems to do a decent job playing a rather dull and lifeless Secret Service agent and Nicole Kidman doesn't exactly light the world on fire with her South African accent. The filming locations are real, which is something at least. Expand

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