'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy' gets rave reviews from Venice Film Festival

gary-oldman-tinker-tailor-soldier-spy.jpg "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy," starring John Hurt, Gary Oldman and Colin Firth and based on the novel by John Le Carre, is garnering rave reviews at the 2011 Venice Film Festival. The movie tells the story of espionage veteran George Smiley (Oldman), who is forced out of retirement to uncover a Soviet agent within MI16.

Deborah Young
of the Hollywood Reporter writes, "It is one of the few films so visually absorbing, felicitous shot after shot, that its emotional coldness is noticed only at the end, when all the plot twists are unraveled in a solid piece of thinking-man's entertainment for upmarket thriller audiences."

Variety's Leslie Felperin says, "An inventive, meaty distillation of Le Carre's 1974 novel, pic turns hero George Smiley's hunt for a mole within Blighty's MI6 into an incisive examination of Cold War ethics, rich in both contempo resonance and elegiac melancholy. Finely hammered to appeal to discerning auds and kudo-awarding bodies, "Tinker" should do sterling biz."

"Tinker, Tailor" is up for the top Golden Lion prize at the Venice Film Festival and is already garnering Oscar buzz.

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