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(out of 6 reviews)
AGE
15
QUALITY
 
Review this title!
Teen, 16 years old Written byWillML January 23, 2012
AGE
16
QUALITY
 

Consider This Before Going

This movie is only enjoyable when you know the story of the books and the original tv series. Remember this is a film that is cramming a 6ish hour story into 2 hours, so not a lot of things are explained and many topics are expected to be known by the viewers. The reason for all of the high critic reviews are mainly because these are critics that know the story of George Smiley. There was a review by Anthony Lane in the New Yorker and he did not like the film for many of the same reasons, and I don't blame him. It is a short review that I recommend reading. This is not a Bond or Bourne film, and TTSS is truer to the life of a spy then those action packed spy films. One should be cautious when deciding if it is a movie for their children, but it really depends on the parent and their decision. Just make sure that you know a little bit about the story before diving into a movie and coming out with much less than you expected, which is what happened to me.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 16 years old Written bydanny255 March 21, 2013
AGE
13
QUALITY
 

13+

BLOODY SOME SEX STRONG LANGUAGE
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 17 years old Written bydavyborn May 1, 2012
AGE
15
QUALITY
 

Creaky but very well-made spy thriller has graphic violence and sex

Thomas Alfredson's adaptation of the 1974 spy novel is extraordinarily well-made movie, but it lacks both the intricate mechanics and the skills to pull of the story overall, and for that, the film fails on several levels. but, this film is a glorious failure, because there is much greatness to be salvaged here: There is not a single bad performance in the whole entire movie. Not one. None. But, with the finest of the cast being Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom hardy, mark Strong, john Hurt and Toby Jones. But, the performance that I just can't praise in this film enough is the one by Gary Oldman, who really should have won the Academy Award for Best Actor earlier this year, but, alas, Jean Dujardin won for him performance in the Artist, which, in it's own right, is also a very good movie. So, Gary Oldman stars as George Smiley, a veteran spy in the British bureau of espionage, and he is not your typical movie spy. And, by that, I mean that he is by no means, a James Bond. For one, he is old, but moreover, he is a gentle, intelligent and very quiet individual who is portrayed to absolute perfection by Gary Oldman, and that he captured the character in the novel just right. Besides acting, though, another great thing about the film is the look it all. The movie looks great. Considering that the movie is supposed to be set in the early 1970', the art direction and cinematography work in this film are at a level of high class. It really does look like you are stepping back into time, with all of the buildings, cars and outfits intact. But, considering that this film is Rated R, there is definitely a few things that parents should know before they allow there children to watch it: There is infrequent but shockingly graphic and disturbing violence, including several shots of a two dead, mutilated corpses; one with a repeatedly slashed throat, and the other pretty much lying dead in a bathtub flooded with blood and intestines. Also, there are several shootings, as well, with lot's of blood being visible during most times. Also, there is brief but very strong sexual content, with one scene being filmed from far away, but with the woman's bare back and buttocks and the mans bare chest, genitals and legs being fully visible. Also, there is infrequent but strong profanity present, with a couple uses each of sh-t, f-ck, pr-ck, bloody, h-ll, d-mn, g-dd-mn and more. So, despite the films slow pace and creaky narrative, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a spy thriller that does the classic novel a decent enough tribute, and for that, it is certainly worth a watch.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 17 years old Written byPrincessCharmed797 November 13, 2012
AGE
16
QUALITY
 

Creaky but very well-made spy thriller has graphic violence and sex

Thomas Alfredson's adaptation of the 1974 spy novel is extraordinarily well-made movie, but it lacks both the intricate mechanics and the skills to pull of the story overall, and for that, the film fails on several levels. but, this film is a glorious failure, because there is much greatness to be salvaged here: There is not a single bad performance in the whole entire movie. Not one. None. But, with the finest of the cast being Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom hardy, mark Strong, john Hurt and Toby Jones. But, the performance that I just can't praise in this film enough is the one by Gary Oldman, who really should have won the Academy Award for Best Actor earlier this year, but, alas, Jean Dujardin won for him performance in the Artist, which, in it's own right, is also a very good movie. So, Gary Oldman stars as George Smiley, a veteran spy in the British bureau of espionage, and he is not your typical movie spy. And, by that, I mean that he is by no means, a James Bond. For one, he is old, but moreover, he is a gentle, intelligent and very quiet individual who is portrayed to absolute perfection by Gary Oldman, and that he captured the character in the novel just right. Besides acting, though, another great thing about the film is the look it all. The movie looks great. Considering that the movie is supposed to be set in the early 1970', the art direction and cinematography work in this film are at a level of high class. It really does look like you are stepping back into time, with all of the buildings, cars and outfits intact. But, considering that this film is Rated R, there is definitely a few things that parents should know before they allow there children to watch it: There is infrequent but shockingly graphic and disturbing violence, including several shots of a two dead, mutilated corpses; one with a repeatedly slashed throat, and the other pretty much lying dead in a bathtub flooded with blood and intestines. Also, there are several shootings, as well, with lot's of blood being visible during most times. Also, there is brief but very strong sexual content, with one scene being filmed from far away, but with the woman's bare back and buttocks and the mans bare chest, genitals and legs being fully visible. Also, there is infrequent but strong profanity present, with a couple uses each of sh-t, f-ck, pr-ck, bloody, h-ll, d-mn, g-dd-mn and more. So, despite the films slow pace and creaky narrative, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a spy thriller that does the classic novel a decent enough tribute, and for that, it is certainly worth a watch.
Kid, 11 years old March 12, 2012
AGE
15
QUALITY
 

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

This was a stunning movie. There were some very gory parts, but they were infrequent. There were about 3 sex scenes, and an implied affair. Strong language was used infrequently. Most of the characters drank and smoked regularly. Overall this was a mature movie, but it was brilliant.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 14 years old Written byLegend736 March 5, 2012
AGE
14
QUALITY
 

Excellent film,a little too complicated.

What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex