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Based on 34 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 21 )
  • 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

  • August 30, 2009 OneWayOnlyJesus
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    Clive Owens and Naomi Watts had good chemistry, which always helps make a film endurable. I found the movie to the pretty good, not Clive's best of course, but I thought it was better than just average. For people who have trouble catching pertinent dialog... try turning the captions on, it helps catch every word, which matters in some of these thriller-action-type movies.

  • July 12, 2009 slamonlibayrut
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    Good movie, very straight forward!! Awesome events unfolding... you need to follow up with details, Shoot'em all scene was awesome!, Names of countries and IBBC seem to be real, I just wonder how real the Story is?!! If it was that would be scary... In the END, good movie to watch if you like Politics and World Wide Events...

  • April 11, 2009 bnewbirth
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    This movie was great. There were so many events unfolding, and if you don't keep up with the plot you can get lost. It exposed so many levels of corruption. Society either is numb too or just ignore. Conspiracy and corruption was uncovered you cant but wonder, how deep, and how to get out from its influence. it is a ********** film and challengs you to think.

  • March 24, 2009 Pyramid09
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    Clive Owen was good. What was Naomi Watts in there for? I like Armin Mueller-Stahl and I know he is getting old but, he needs to speak up! I could barely hear him. Initially thought it was going to be good but it fizzled out and I was bored. The shootout scene was fun to watch though hardly believable. Clive, what are you doing? Your last three movies sucked! Get back to the films with solid characters like King Arthur, Derailed and Inside Man.

  • March 09, 2009 casandradawe
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    This was long, quite boring and too unbelievable. I agree with other postings here that Naomi Watts seemed to be an afterthought in the film. I'm giving it two stars because Clive Owen is really fun to watch and although the shootout in the Guggenheim was absolutely ridiculous, it was fun nonetheless - also, I liked the end it just wasn't worth the trip. I wanted to like this but ... not so much

  • March 08, 2009 ryestr08
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    Booooooring!!!! Thank god I had my cell phone with to surf the internet. The one shoot em up scene was all right though, thats where the one star comes from.

  • March 05, 2009 hkirkhouston
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    IT'S A WANNA BE REMAKE OF THE BOURNE LIKE MOVIE. CLIVE IS GOOD - BUT THIS MOVIE IS HARD TO FOLLOW AND SO STUPID AND WAY OVER THE TOP IN PLACES - A NEW YORK CITY DA STARTS AN INTERNATIONAL INVESTIGATION?? YEAH LIKE THE HEADS OF THESE COUNTRIES WILL TALK TO NY POLICE. RIDICOULOUS PREMISE. NAOMI WATTS WAS STUCK IN THE MOVIE LIKE A SORE THUMB - SHE HAD NO REASON AS A NY PROSECUTOR TO BE IN AN INTERNATIONAL FILM AND SHE'S MARRIED so THEIR IS NO ROMANCE. All said - there are a few good scenes at the end -if you like the International intrigue - but it just could have been BEEn DONE SO MUCH BETTER! what a waste of a good story. The shoot out scene was ridicioulus - they are one minute undercover and secret viliians and the next they are shooting up a huge gallery... LOT S of holes in the plot - JUST SHOUL D HAVE BEEN DONE BETTER. see it on DVD

  • March 01, 2009 Frankiep111
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    Decent movie, but kind of hard to follow at times. I don't strongly recommend this movie.

  • February 26, 2009 NHeriza
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    Given the direction Naomi Watts' performance was, as always,flawless right on the money. Natural and compelling. She gave the film a sense of reality. She keeps you watching.

  • February 23, 2009 wanderer085us
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    Some good action scenes, but parts of it really drug along. The plot was hard to follow at times, and a maybe a little over the top.

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