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Spy Game

Thriller . Crime . Action

Veteran spy Nathan Muir is on the verge of retiring from the CIA when he learns that his one-time protégé and close friend, Tom Bishop, is a political prisoner sentenced to die in Beijing. Although their friendship has been marred by bad blood and resentment, Muir agrees to take on the most dangerous mission of his career and rescue Bishop.

Actors: Catherine McCormack , Brad Pitt , Robert Redford , Stephen Dillane , Larry Bryggman , Marianne Jean-Baptiste , Matthew Marsh , Todd Boyce , Garrick Hagon , Michael Paul Chan
Directors: Tony Scott
Release: 2001-11-21
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  • Rita Kempley

    The movie is sleek and shiny as a new bullet, reflecting Scott's patented surplus of style.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Kim Morgan

    There's more to this movie. Like Pitt at his best, it's pretty, gritty, engrossing and fun.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Mark Holcomb

    Happily, beneath the film's nostalgic veneer and tooth-rattling visual and aural effects lies a mature ambiguity that's unusual for a holiday blockbuster -- and all but unheard of in a Tony Scott movie.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    Serves up a judicious blend of showy action, political intrigue, ticking-clock suspense and intramural CIA one-upsmanship for mainstream entertainment.

    Variety Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    With its cast of back-stabbing functionaries and desk jockeys, Spy Game makes the sport and hard work of espionage seem chillingly real.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Mark Caro

    If you like Redford, Spy Game will be a real treat: a fast electric thriller full of the old Sundance charm and pizzazz.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    The movie asks tough, unflinching questions about America's responsibility to maintain world peace -- and the price we are willing to pay in order to accomplish that. Timely stuff, indeed.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Jami Bernard

    The script provides an excellent payoff, although action fans may not agree, because that payoff is the equivalent of a Cheshire cat's grin.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Edward Guthmann

    Enormously satisfying and fun to watch.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Mike Clark

    More than a quarter-century ago, Redford played a young CIA employee in "Three Days of the Condor." Someday, it will make a great living-room double bill with Spy Game -- the actor then and now.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    The film is brimming with plots, counterplots, dossiers, and sinister corrupt priorities, all held together by the telephoto obsidian gloss of Scott's look-ma-no-pauses style.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Charles Taylor

    Manages to be entertaining and reasonably exciting. Scott's style may be slick and tricky but, if this and his last film, "Enemy of the State," are any indication, he's lost the glossy sadism that characterized his previous work. Full Review
  • John Powers

    The supremely attractive leads, exotic locations (Vietnam, Berlin and Beirut) and fetishized violence imbue the whole intelligence game with undeniable glamour.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • William Arnold

    It's well-plotted, acted with a charismatic flair and right on the zeitgeist.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    It is not a bad movie, mind you; it's clever and shows great control of craft, but it doesn't care, and so it's hard for us to care about. To see it once is to plumb to the bottom of its mysteries, and beyond.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Fans of swooping helicopter shots, alleys filled with backlit geysers of steam, and jump-cut editing that makes MTV look like Ingmar Bergman will relish the intercontinental intrigue and huggermugger that is Spy Game.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Michael Sragow

    We don't experience the drama from the inside out because everything is on the surface. Redford is the only one who supplies internal life to Spy Game.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    What Spy Game turns out to be is the old reliable family car spruced up around the edges in an attempt to convince a new generation of buyers that it's a hot number.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Gregory Weinkauf

    A mess, but it's a rousing mess, with ample humor and action to satisfy the discerning dullard within.

    New Times (L.A.) Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Don't you hate movies where one character is so much smarter than everyone else? That's only one problem with Spy Game, a glossy, suffocatingly predictable star vehicle for Robert Redford and Brad Pitt.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Frank Lovece

    Extremely well-shot espionage thriller that might have worked as an old-fashioned guy's-guy movie if the guys involved had any real, human personality and the espionage were actually thrilling.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Michael Dequina

    Less Bond than simply boring, a tedious and overdirected race-against-time drama with a few espionage elements thrown in.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    The problem lies in the calculating pretentiousness of using human misery to make shallow entertainment seem serious. It's worth comparing Spy Game with "The Tailor of Panama," John Boorman's far superior exercise in post-cold-war spycraft.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum

    Reasonably entertaining spy-versus-spy shenanigans were for me partially undercut by the hypocritical pretense that the CIA and its various forms of mischief were somehow being ridiculed.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    A dead-chamber misfire, a hollowpoint dud.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    Gripping, improbable plot marked by exciting sequences of action.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
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