Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Lists: Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Independent Film Award Nominees - BIFA

Brief Synopsis: "George Smiley, a recently retired MI6 agent, is doing his best to adjust to a life outside the secret service. However, when a disgraced agent reappears with information concerning a mole at the heart of the service, Smiley is drawn back into the murky field of espionage. Tasked with investigating which of his trusted former colleagues has chosen to betray him and their country, Smiley narrows his search to four suspects - all experienced, skilled and successful agents - but past histories, rivalries and friendships make it far from easy to pinpoint the man who is eating away at the heart of the British establishment."

Overall Ranking: 1418 (Rank from 2011: # 63)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 35.71%
Regular 28.57%
Half-Popped 35.71%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Movie Evangelist100(full review)
Cinematic Katzenjammer Nick97(full review)
Skooch90(full review)
David Baruffi88(full review)
That Movie Guy Dion Wyn Hughes84(full review)
Dan O'Neill80(full review)
CinemaVisitor Erik80
Sober Film Critic James Brown80(full review)
Patrick Devitt70
Gorgon Reviews61(full review)
Thomas Pollock60
Maurice of Movie Mixology50 - Who Knew That Great Movies Could Also Be Sooooo Boring
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Rob from GuysFilmQuest50 - One of the most confusing movies I've seen. Had it been constructed and prsented better, the story lends itself to being something special. Some audiences will appreciate the film in its first viewing, but most will not. That's a failure of the director and producers. It could have been excellent with its top-notch cast.
Kevin McCarthy40 - I gave “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” two chances and still came up with the same thought process. The film is well-acted, well-shot and well-scored but is one of the most boring, confusing flicks I’ve seen in a long time
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People Involved

  • Colin Firth (Bill Haydon)
  • Mark Strong (Jim Prideaux)
  • Tom Hardy (Ricki Tarr)
  • Gary Oldman (George Smiley)
  • Benedict Cumberbatch (Peter Guillam)
  • Toby Jones (Percy Alleline)
  • David Dencik (Toby Esterhase)
  • Ciarán Hinds (Roy Bland)
  • John Hurt (Control)
  • Zoltán Mucsi (Magyar)
  • PĂ©ter Kálloy Molnár (Hungarian Waiter)
  • Ilona Kassai (Woman in Window)
  • Imre Csuja (KGB Agent)
  • Kathy Burke (Connie Sachs)
  • Stephen Graham (Jerry Westerby)
  • Arthur Nightingale (Bryant)
  • Simon McBurney (Oliver Lacon)
  • Amanda Fairbank-Hynes (Belinda)
  • Laura Carmichael (Sal)
  • Tomas Alfredson (Director)