The Interpreter

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    A thriller about an interpreter who has overheard plans of an assassination at United Nations headquarters. An American Secret Service agent is sent to investigate as Silvia Broome, the interpreter, is in danger of being killed by the assassins.

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    Penn is terrific in his low-key doggedness.

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    This is largely a competent, successful thriller, but observing global politics from this perspective is an uncomfortable, frustrating experience.

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    I was steadily absorbed by The Interpreter, even though much of the plot didn't make a great deal of sense.

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    While it pains me to beat up on Pollack, who, in addition to being a consistently wonderful actor, is at least attempting to make movies the old-fashioned way, it pains me more to actually sit through his movies.

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    As a straight-ahead thriller, the movie is enjoyable and stirring much of the time.

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    You're left with admirable, even noble, wreckage, but wreckage it is.

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    Rare is the movie where the performances can make up for an almost fatally flawed script. This is one of them.

    3/4
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    Ticks along like a freshly wound-up clock, smart and precise, keeping its audience just breathless enough not to notice that more than two hours have passed.

    3/4
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    It's hard to know what is more impressive, the artistry of The Interpreter or the sheer craft of it.

    3/4
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    This is a finely balanced and crafted motion picture.

    3/4
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    It's fitting that a movie about communication should be so chatty that it talks much of the drama right out of itself.

    3/5
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    The confused script even bungles its central dramatic situation.

    2/4
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    An intelligent, old-fashioned nail-biter.

    3/4
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    An uncommonly well-crafted political thriller.

    3/4
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    Where the bricks of plot lack the mortar of credibility, there ain't much building going on.

    2/4
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    Pollack drives this movie as if it's a well-tuned automobile, taking turns smoothly, accelerating at the right moments then easing off the gas pedal without ever losing momentum.

    B
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    When the film trusts the audience, The Interpreter is an intriguing outing.

    3/4
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    Top-notch entertainment.

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    Chokes on its well-meant outrage and leaves a moth-eaten plot and handful of nonsense characters on its way to a dopey finish.

    2/4
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    Fairly decent entertainment.

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    Not only is the movie topical -- brushing up against subjects as wide-ranging as ethnic cleansing and terrorism -- but it's also a bit old-fashioned, at least in the skillful way it blends character and events.

    B
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    An exceedingly smart thriller that flirts with political reality, something you don't expect in a Hollywood film as slick as this one.

    3/4
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    What I admire most about the film is the way it enters the terms of this world -- of international politics, security procedures, shifting motives -- and observes the details of all-night stakeouts, shop talk, and interlocking motives and strategies.

    3/4
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    A good film that would very much like to be better, but that was not to be.

    3/5
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    As always, Pollack's polished professionalism reps a significant pleasure in itself, and the presence of the U.N. front-and-center is a spectacle to behold.

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    It's a thoughtful and thought-provoking thriller that doesn't pander to the audience for the sake of creating thrills.

    B+
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    Conventionally described as a political thriller, but The Interpreter is as apolitical as it is unthrilling.

    2/5
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    Like certain prescriptions, The Interpreter can cause drowsiness and should not be viewed while operating heavy machinery.

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    It's refreshing to come across a big-budget Hollywood production that expects the viewer to pay attention and that acknowledges there is a world beyond the United States' borders.

    3/4
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    The picture gets so bogged down in inconsistencies of plot and improbabilities of character that it begins to look as if it were shot not at the U.N. but in Congress.

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    The movie will grab you.

    3/4
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    Too bloated with its own significance to deliver the requisite thrills.

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    Muddled, dreary and preposterous.

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    If you're on your toes you'll have fingered at least one of the perps 20 minutes into the movie.

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    The movie's sense of menace diminishes, instead of mounts, with each new break-in, booby trap and corpse.

    2/4
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    It is the sort of thoughtful, grown-up entertainment that the big studios hardly make anymore.

    3/4
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    Pollack is a solid worker bee, but he would be the first to admit he is no Hitchcock.

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    As sleek and solid as a late-'50s Cadillac, The Interpreter is very much your father's -- perhaps, your grandfather's -- thriller. And that's a good thing.

    B
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    The kind of polished, exciting treat the movies should give us far more regularly.

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    Such, unfortunately, is the pitfall for thrillers that aim to be more literate and grownup than the usual fare: they sometimes forget to thrill.

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    An old pro's demonstration of how a politically relevant big-release flick can still effectively be done.

    B+
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    [A] reasonably effective and old-school geopolitical thriller.

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    You have two big movie stars reminding us of how they became movie stars. Because they're great actors.

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    Thrillers don't get much smarter.

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