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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. stanleyh.
    Oct 27, 2005
    Excellent job,very good performance by nicole kidman and sean penn.worth every penny to watch.
  2. Syd.B.
    Sep 28, 2005
    God bless Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn for giving performances that should get them oscar nominations but prob wont happen since this was released WAY to early..anyway i loved this movie and will be buying the DVD when it comes out...with this and The Constant Gardener, thrilers seem to becoming good again. Expand
  3. DaveF
    Nov 4, 2005
    Damn good movie. Keeps its head well above the hollywood-cliche quagmire. A "political thriller" with emotional intrigue.
  4. SusanM.
    Nov 22, 2005
    I thought this was a smart and suspenseful thriller, but the ending was a bit silly. Still worth renting, though.
  5. abird
    May 9, 2006
    Definetly watchable. Characters a bit too underplayed.
  6. PhilK.
    Jul 23, 2006
    I have to say, in defense of Pollock, that I seriously doubt this is the film he inteneded to make. I saw an interview with him in which he said, in effect, that he didn't enjoy making The Interpreter. I believe there was a lot more he wanted to say about the Zumanie character (his evolution into a tyrant, the devastating "structural adjustment" packages imposed by the IMF and World Bank, death squads financed by the US, etc.), but since he was filming at the UN, I'm sure the UN Security Council (i.e., the Bush Administration, NSA, CIA) put considerable pressure on Pollock to revise any scenes or dialogue which would shed some much needed light on how the most brutal leaders of developing countries are placed in power and who their policies always benefit to the detriment of the vast majority of its citizens. Having seen the trailer, and knowing that Pollock was directing Penn and Kidman, I expected a good, solid, political thriller. Like most who are familiar with Pollock's work, I was disappointed in the extreme. However, I should have known that any film made by a major studio dealing with a subject which was politically sensitive, would be a light ball of pink, confectionary fluff wrapped around a hollow core. Expand
  7. TheDirtyOne
    Apr 25, 2005
    Holes big enough to drive a Mack truck through. Honestly one of the worst movies I have ever seen, as it falls apart within the first 10 minutes. Two guys talking about an assasination attempt in the freaking U.N. assembly room??? GREAT idea! Yeah, that's a safe bet! And how the hell did they have access to the building after hours anyway? And why were the mics turned on so Nicole Kidman can hear what they are saying? Very well thought out! These two must be master assasins. Best is the end, though. There is an assasination attempt on this dude speaking at the UN so the place goes bananas, he's rushed away by bodyguards like it' the end of the world but of course [Ed: Spoiler omitted....] Brilliant! Piece of crap. Expand

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