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Sleuth

comedy, drama


In this mystery thriller, two of Hollywood's finest actors, Academy Award Nominee Jude Law (The Talented Mr. Ripley) and Academy Award Winner Michael Caine (Cider House Rules) battle wits in a deadly game of cat and mouse.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    36%
  • Audience Score
    52%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
5 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
0 out of 5
Violence
3 out of 5

Intense cat-and-mouse thriller is for adults only.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this sleek, adult-oriented thriller tackles mature themes -- infidelity, violence, murder -- from the get-go. Swear words (including "f--k") and other inflammatory language are hurled like weapons; later, actual weapons (including guns and knives) are brandished. It's clear from the beginning that main characters Milo and Andrew aim to annihilate each other. Even older teens may find the film's brutality uncomfortable: This is no cartoonishly violent video game, but an ugly, down and dirty obliteration.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about infidelity. Can it truly drive people to extremes like the ones shown in this movie, or is that an exaggeration on Hollywood's part? Why is the media so fascinated by love gone awry? Why do you think the filmmakers choose not to show Maggie? Should they have? If you've seen the 1970s original, you can compare and contrast the two. How are they similar and different? Which do you like better? Why?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    36%
    reviews counted: 30
    see all Sleuth reviews
  • Audience

    52%

Top Critic Reviews

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

Fresh:

- Bob Mondello, NPR.org, Saturday, October 18, 2008

Audience Reviews

4 stars

A riveting and dazzling film. A masterful, intelligent and tremendously tense cat and mouse thriller. It`s a hypnotic, stylish and superbly acted masterpiece. An intense, frequently witty and shattering screenplay by Harold Pinter. Director, Kenneth Branagh creates a solid and electrifying masterwork. It keeps you on the edge of your seat no problem all the way to the end. Michael Caine and Jude Law are an outstanding tour de force. They give amazing performances, showing different and great styles of their acting and in their character development. Some truly brilliant and unforgettable acting from Law and Caine. Wonderful work from two great actors of two different generations and a great writer and director. It`s a knockout that's just as frightening as it is entertaining.

- allan913, Wednesday, December 5, 2012

4 stars

Here's a film to divide audiences - Michael Caine and Jude Law in a dialogue fuelled film Directed by Keneth Branagh. A mind game about control, one upmanship, love, money and lonliness. A low budget flick that holds your attention throughout and you will certainly have a love it or hate it feeling come the end.

- 76Majikat, Friday, August 5, 2011

3 stars

I've not seen the original, so I watched the 2007 version of Sleuth with clear judgement and an open mind. First off, Pinter's script is brilliant, he's a love or hate writer and I'm very much in the love camp. Caine is good in his role, I can't wait to see how he compares to Olivier's portrayal of Andrew Wyke though. Jude Law is good in places but I found his performance to be up and down, the whole detective chapter was a little iffy but he can't be held solely responsible for that. Branagh's direction is also a little hit and miss but generally it's hit. I hated the set though (apart from the Anthony Gormley daaaarling) I'm looking forward to catching up with the original now, the 2007 version is ok but I'm expecting better.

- SirPant, Monday, November 22, 2010