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  • 63
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    A decent thriller that should have been dazzling, is nothing if not topical. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Won't go down as an action thriller for the record books, but it's a pretty good one for right now. First of all, the villain is a bank. How's that for timing? show more

  • 63
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Though not as action-packed as some thrillers, The International is noteworthy for its unusually scenic and architecturally dazzling locations. show more

  • 20
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Motion is in copious supply -- a frenzied shootout at Manhattan's Guggenheim Museum grows interminable -- but the workings of the abstract plot are unfathomable, the characters are unpleasant and a couple of assassinations leave us as cold as the corpses. show more

  • 63
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Where "Run Lola Run" was like a perpetual-motion machine, The International seems to forever be stopping in its own tracks. Tykwer takes coffee breaks to explain the convoluted and dicey plot. show more

  • 40
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    The International almost seems like a Monty Python spoof on spy-game thrillers in which the phrase "secret agent" is constantly replaced by "banker," resulting in lines like, "...If I die, 100 other bankers take my place." show more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Punctuated with bursts of explosive energy, this is a contained, cerebral film. show more

  • 70
    Bob Mondello NPR

    Tykwer being something of an architecture freak, controlling Third World debt also requires a trip to the rooftops of Istanbul, to Zaha Hadid's BMW factory, and to Daniel Libeskind's Jewish Museum in Berlin. All great fun in a story that's more kinetic than compelling. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Clive Owen makes a semi-believable hero, not performing too many feats that are physically unlikely. As the plucky DA, Naomi Watts wisely plays up her character's legal smarts and plays down the inevitable possibility that the two of them will fall in love. show more

  • 75
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    I can promise you a fairly good thriller with mixed-bag elements: preposterous plot, smartly elegant direction, one of the worst recent performances by a major actress, and a dynamite stick of an action scene that can stand close to the greats (the car chase in "The French Connection," the single-take battle sequence in "Children of Men") and from which the movie never really recovers. show more

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