Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Excellent spy film mixes suspense and shocking moments.

R 2011 127 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 15+

Based on 6 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 15+

Complex, gritty, atmospheric - good for teens with an interest in history

This is the anti-James Bond. George Smiley is a bland, bespectacled, grey little man, easily overlooked - which are among the attributes that make him a good spy. Set in gritty 70s Cold War Britain, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy doesn't spoonfeed its audience with action set pieces or comic book heros. The plot develops briskly (if you're not paying attention, it might seem slow - but there's a lot to pick up on and refer back to), but the real story here isn't the who's-the-mole mystery, it's the study of what a lifetime of high-level espionage can do to friendship, love, and the idea of loyalty. Masterful, and my 15-year-old was riveted.
age 17+

Slow and boring

I followed the story... it was still slow and boring. Don’t bother.

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