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Based on 40 Reviews
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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Malkovich weaves something delicate and devastating. show more

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    An ambitious political thriller, a multilingual film of mood and texture and the occasional haunting image. show more

  • 75
    Mike Clark USA Today

    It has an elusive, haunting quality, but it's too long at 133 minutes, and there aren't many movies these days that get more involving as they progress. show more

  • 70
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Ambitious and uneven. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    A story of obsession and honor, deception and self-deception set against a sharply etched landscape of political upheaval and intrigue. Malkovich orchestrates all this with assuredness, and Bardem, looking weary and worn, inhabits his character with a realness, a truth, that's downright spooky. And beautiful. show more

  • 50
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Has many of the qualities that made the actor such a great target for self-parody in Spike Jonze's "Being John Malkovich" - it's sober, deliberate, self-consciously mysterious and no fun at all. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Elegantly, even languorously, photographed by Jose Luis Alcaine, who doesn't punch into things but regards them, so that we are invited to think about them. That doesn't mean the movie is slow; it moves with a compelling intensity toward its conclusion. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    This is a thriller that embraces stillness and silence where others prefer noise and bombast. It thrives on the hush before the explosion instead of its aftermath, and it's that eerie sense of expectation that gives the film its thick aura of suspense. show more

  • 75
    Glenn Kenny Premiere

    Malkovich is more interested in hitting notes of elegiac lyricism than delivering socko action; this is a thriller that means to get under your skin rather than make you leap from your seat. show more

  • 75
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    Bardem delivers the kind of performance the director might have given himself: subdued, thoughtful, wry, sometimes a bit too detached. show more

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