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.