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Our Kind of Traitor

Thriller . Crime

A young Oxford academic and his attorney girlfriend holiday on Antigua. They bump into a Russian millionaire who owns a peninsula and a diamond watch. He wants a game of tennis. What else he wants propels the lovers on a tortuous journey to the City of London and its unholy alliance with Britain's intelligence establishment, to Paris and the Alps.

Actors: Ewan McGregor , Stellan Skarsgård , Damian Lewis , Naomie Harris , Jeremy Northam , Khalid Abdalla , Mark Gatiss , Saskia Reeves , Alicia von Rittberg , Alec Utgoff , Carlos Acosta , Radivoje Bukvic , Mariya Fomina
Directors: Susanna White
Country: UK , FRANCE
Release: 2016-05-05
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  • Randy Cordova

    Director Susanna White keeps things low-key and absorbing, as the action moves from Marrakesh to London to Paris to Switzerland.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Dave Calhoun

    Once you get past some bumps in the road of believability, Our Kind of Traitor turns into a brisk, energetic drama, with Anthony Dod Mantle’s photography adding interesting layers to a fairly straightforward plot.

    Time Out London Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    Which is not to say the movie is anything less than diverting. It’s just that diverting is often all it is.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    No knock on McGregor and Harris — fine actors both — but they never hold us rapt the way the plot demands.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Leah Greenblatt

    The film, while gorgeously shot, is schematic and wholly implausible. But Skarsgård saves it; wild and funny and ferociously alive, he’s a crucial bolt of color in all that tasteful gray.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Jesse Hassenger

    Director Susanna White, on only her second feature, jazzes up the proceedings to match the skill of actors like McGregor, Harris, and Skarsgård. Most notable is her smart use of cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    The intrigues are rather routine in ways that point out that perhaps the director of a “Nanny McPhee” movie wasn’t the best choice for this. But McGregor, Harris, Skarsgard and Lewis give fair value and give this the lived-in feel of even the most far-fetched LeCarre plots.

    Movie Nation Full Review
  • Tirdad Derakhshani

    Our Kind of Traitor strains credulity: The world it attempts to depict - international organized crime - is too large, too unmanageable and too easily caricatured.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Glenn Kenny

    While White’s direction is atmospheric, the sense of tension never gets crucial; the movie’s got more of a mood of resignation than of conflict. For all its respectful and respectable qualities, it also suffers from a certain inertia. Full Review
  • Brad Wheeler

    Scratch off Lewis as a contender for the new Bond actor. As for McGregor, he may have failed his audition as well. Our Kind of Traitor is tense enough, but lacks lustre and pizzazz. Perhaps a better-utilized Harris could have popped things up.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    I don't the think the "look" is quite right for the story. Nor is the dreamy, wandering score by Marcelo Zarvos, which adds the blandest sort of ambient "tension music" to whatever's going on. McGregor struggles to make Perry credible in his credulousness; Harris, far better, doesn't have enough to do; Skarsgard is fun.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    There’s little of the poetry that Perry teaches in the script, but the story’s mechanics are solid.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Oleg Ivanov

    It works as both a modern morality play for our globalized world and as an indictment of Europe's ethical bankruptcy.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Gary Goldstein

    It’s competently made, well-acted and largely intelligent, so why isn’t the spy thriller Our Kind of Traitor more rewarding? Perhaps it’s the feeling that we’ve trod this kind of twisty treachery on screen ad infinitum since before the Cold War-era stylings of Alfred Hitchcock — and far more vividly.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Anthony Lane

    Indeed, the whole film is oddly poised between the pensive and the peevish, with a topdressing of high jinks.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Dan Jolin

    A lesser entry in the LeCarré Cinematic Universe, though Damian Lewis and Stellan Skarsgård rescue it from complete blandness.

    Empire Full Review
  • Mike McCahill

    Director Susanna White favours a generic spy-movie look: those chilly blue filters surely need resting now. Yet she works smartly with her actors: while Skarsgård wolfs down great handfuls of scenery, McGregor effectuates a thoughtful transformation from ineffectual tourist to man in the field.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Leslie Felperin

    Although engaging enough to hold interest, the just slightly off casting of Ewan McGregor and Stellan Skarsgard...dampens plausibility.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Jamie Neish

    It's a finely made thriller that's a little bit more contemporary than other le Carré adaptations before it, and allows the central trio a chance to shine and Lewis to do some weird things with his accent and mouth as a weirdly laid back and unconcerned British agent.

    CineVue Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    The shattering of one’s noble ideals is a delicate thing to capture on film, and White plays the moment of rupture with a banality that threatens to undermine our faith in her as storyteller more than in the system itself.

    Variety Full Review
  • Fionnuala Halligan

    While McGregor and Harris convincingly portray a couple in trouble, and Lewis’s odball spook is an uneasy fit, it is Skarsgard’s dynamic performance which saves the day.

    Screen International Full Review
  • Dan Mecca

    The only bond built is the one between Perry and Dima, two characters who are little more than pawns in the game. It’s exciting enough watching them try to negotiate their situation, but it’d be more intriguing if we knew more about the people making the decisions.

    The Film Stage Full Review
  • Peter Keough

    Whatever the turning point, his transformation from feckless academic to stalwart knight occurs too easily. It should be the heart of the story, but instead is just a troublesome detail in a hollow movie.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Kimberley Jones

    What it does have in its favor are two sit-up-and-clap supporting turns from Skarsgård, all barking bear in tacky gold chains, and Lewis, who wears the sour mouth of someone who just underwent a prostate exam. Collectively, they’re the film’s fail-safe: Whenever Our Kind of Traitor threatens to go completely inert, they show up and give it a good goosing.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    For almost an hour, it keeps us off balance. But once we find that balance, the movie seems to coast.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Edward Douglas

    Generally, one expects political thrillers to offer a little more suspense or excitement, so when this is such a deathly dull affair, you wonder what you might be missing.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    Overexposed and barely awake in the most dramatic scenes, Ewan McGregor is the star, but it’s not one of his most energetic performances.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    The director Susanna White makes a lot of strange choices, including the dark, fussy visuals best described as stained-glass noir. As an Expressionist choice, it doesn’t make much sense. Then again, neither does much of Our Kind of Traitor, which has loads of twists and all the ritualistic pessimism you expect, but none of the political and moral outrage that might have elevated this genre story into a le Carré one.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Tim Robey

    It’s a film whose final shape feels dwindled by compromise – not unappealing, but stymied, like a luxury jet which spends two hours taxiing on the runway.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    A dismal, low-energy affair.

    New York Post Full Review
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