Parents' Guide to

The Little Drummer Girl

By Martin Brown, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Slow, steady spy drama more about character than espionage.

TV AMC Drama 2018
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AMC has assembled a knockout cast and creative team for this John le Carré adaptation. Though The Little Drummer Girl can often move slowly, developing the espionage set-up and Charlie's character bit-by-bit, the performances by Florence Pugh, Michael Shannon, and Alexander Skarsgard are note-perfect and the direction by Park Chan-wook (Oldboy, The Handmaiden) is incredible, especially the cinematography, which seems to take the earth tones used by most British spy dramas and enhance them with swaths of vibrant Technicolor. The confident production allows it to delay the typical spy story payoffs and deliver more of a character study about Charlie and her journey from being plucked from obscurity to become a linchpin in a major undercover operation.

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