The highly anticipated screen adaptation of the John Le Carre spy novel “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" hit Venice this morning and critics are just beginning to give their reactions. Let’s see what they have to say.
Guy Lodge of InContention tweeted, “TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY (B+) Tea-stained class, judiciously adapted and immaculately cast; as inactively riveting as can be. MVP Hardy.” (The Hardy in question is, of course, Tom Hardy.)
Oliver Lyttelton of The Playlist tweeted, "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (A) As good an espionage flick as I can recall. Immaculately crafted and acted across the board. #venezia68”
Matt Mueller refers to Gary Oldman’s turn as “razor-sharp” and also singled out Tom Hardy for praise. He adds, “Fans of the genre will finger the culprit early and without that added layer of suspicion, the big reveal is left feeling perfunctory, almost blasé. Minus that last cathartic gasp, Tinker Tailor Solder Spy settles for being a very good as opposed to a superb spy thriller.”
Time Out London awards the film four stars, writing, “This film’s superb cast, script and direction threaten to make that journey equally as thrilling as Le Carré’s book.”
Derek Malcolm of The London Evening Standard also gives a quadruple star rating and calls it “an effective celebration of Le Carré’s artful story-telling, acted by one and all with a quiet panache that strikes home.”
Jason Solomons of The Observer writes that Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is surely the favourite for the Golden Lion and calls it the best film at Venice.
Xan Brooks of The Guardian calls it “a marvellously chill and acrid cold war thriller" and "the film to beat at this year’s festival".
More reviews as they come in.