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Rotten: Pinter's pauses, and the dour air of so much of the interplay, just don't fit on a story that's this slight.
- Alonso Duralde, MSNBC, Thursday, June 24, 2010
Rotten: Little more than a sleek, stylish stunt.
- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Thursday, October 25, 2007
I came into this movie quite skeptical. After all, the original film was quite good, but its goodness was based on its surprises. Ergo, I reasoned, the same story would fail to surprise me and consequently fail to be good. But that reasoning underestimates the abilities of Harold Pinter, he of the pregnant pause, one of the best playwrights of the twentieth century. Pinter re-worked the script and made it his own, and the new Sleuth surpasses the old. Wyke goes from a rather dangerous eccentric to a sadistic psychopath, and Tindle goes from a handsome though quick-witted playboy to a bisexual male whore. And these interesting changes say nothing about the moments in between, the actors who fill the silence with sharp characterizations or mesmerizing stillness. The film does suffer from an almost-too-busy set design, and at the end of the day, while this may seem like a contradiction, there truly is only so much even a writer as skilled as Pinter can do with this material. Overall, this is worth an hour and a half of your time, especially if you saw the original.
- hunterjt13, Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Two actors, one set; a classic stage production movie. However, for such a movie to work it needs top quality acting and a witty, sharp dialogue. This has neither. I've not seen a film with so many quotes that are memorable for being so bad in a long time.
- RossCollinsUK, Monday, August 30, 2010