hums with life
Matt McKillop - MovieWeb
Any doubts as to whether Sienna Miller is a gifted actress should be laid to rest by Interview.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
Vaporous and chilled to freezing, Interview lacks a single honest moment, but it does have plenty of diverting ones.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
There can hardly be a bigger waste of time than this conceited and self-indulgent two-hander directed by Steve Buscemi, remade from a Theo Van Gogh film.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
Director Steve Buscemi is not to be faulted for his filmmaking or acting skills, but as co-writer he could have done better than the false-sounding dialogue.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
Buscemi's film conveys the spirit of its source material but doesn't make a satisfying transmogrification out of its homage.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
Ultimately, pointless. One comes away from Interview exhausted.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
The least concrete and most artificial of Buscemi's films. But that's as much because of the situation as Buscemi and David Schechter's slippery script.
Jim Ridley - Village Voice
Buscemi can play a hangdog cynic better than anyone, and Miller seizes her opportunity to express every emotion an actress can be asked to express.
Jack Mathews - New York Daily News
Pierre is such a weasel, Katya is such a narcissist and the outcome seems so pre-determined, it's hard to care whose belt gets the notch. The adroit performances of Buscemi and Miller almost make it matter.
Joanne Kaufman - Wall Street Journal
I'll just say that Buscemi, who also directed and co-wrote, knows a lot about making movies but little about journalism.
Bruce Westbrook - Houston Chronicle
I've sat through so many claustrophobic examples of the genre I forgot how exhilarating, how pure a great one could be. Interview is a great one -- electric as theater and cinema.
David Edelstein - New York Magazine
Kind of fascinating, especially in the ways that Buscemi and Miller make their performances into commentaries on the types of characters they play. When actors are really turned loose to play actors, they can achieve merciless accuracy.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
The results may not seem to be taking place on planet Earth among verifiable humans, but, taken in the spirit of gladiatorial battle, the film is often fascinating.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
Despite a few interesting twists and ambiguities, the main revelation -- that the reporter is an insufferable snob -- doesn't seem worth the 84 minutes devoted to spelling it out.
Jonathan Rosenbaum - Chicago Reader
An eminently watchable contest between two actors at the top of their games.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
This movie keeps falling out of rhythm just when it should be picking up pace. It's a fitful piece of wrong beginnings and false ends.
Tom Long - Detroit News
Mr. Buscemi and Ms. Miller prove that they are fully up to the task of carrying a whole movie on their shoulders without any help from the other characters.
Andrew Sarris - New York Observer
Steve Buscemi's adaptation preserves the original's biting basic scenario while adding a few Americanizing tweaks to this tale.
Dennis Harvey - Variety
Miller is so good -- dumb, smart, wounded, wounding, a lollipop of sweet poison that you'd buy every day until it killed you -- that you feel you not only understand her but all actresses.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
A mixed bag of realism and arch, dramatic exaggeration.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
The most impressive thing about Interview is how much shock it manages to muster over the walloping nonrevelation that, now more than ever, hype begets headlines. Next up: the rich are getting richer!
Geoff Pevere - Toronto Star
The end result of this showcase for Buscemi's writing, acting and directing chops is so uneven and mixed in small details and overall tone that it's anybody's guess if it's one for the Oscars or the Razzies next year.
Kamal Al-Solaylee - Globe and Mail
This veneer of pseudo-adult psychological realism doesn't stop the film from being trashy, awkward and implausible, something like a stage play that might have seemed challenging in 1976.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
Interview has its moments but they can't prevent it from feeling a little long winded and unsatisfying. The premise makes it sound more interesting than the in-theater experience delivers.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
While it is never dull, and occasionally sparks, material fails to ignite.
James Greenberg - Hollywood Reporter
Stick with it for Miller's gutsy tour de force and the kick of watching Buscemi, as actor and filmmaker, turn an experiment into a mesmerizing battle of wills.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Premise of the Dutch film's remake seems less believable here, but the acting is compelling and believable.
Carina Chocano - Los Angeles Times
Ben Kenigsberg - Time Out
Fred Topel - Hollywood.com
Bob Mondello - NPR.org
The resulting film is a boring hour-and-a-half of watching two immature adults sink down to the Lord of the Flies lowest for no reason and hurl bile and vitriol at each other.
Heather Huntington - ReelzChannel.com
The movie really started off on a good note, but then it just got repetitive.
Austin Kennedy - Sin Magazine
Jonathan Kiefer - Sacramento News & Review
From its opening frame to its final revelation, Interview hums with life.
Matt McKillop - Filmcritic.com
Interview comes across more like an acting exercise than a workable story.
David Cornelius - DVDTalk.com
I can't get on the Sienna Miller bandwagon. I can damn with faint praise: she's perfectly competent as an actor -- but that's it.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Dean Essner - Sydney Morning Herald
The wonderful thing about Interview is that we have no idea where it is going to lead. It's honest, conflicted and surprising, as journalist and actress battle words and emotions in a potent drama that takes us to unexpected places
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
Sienna Miller as an airhead celeb more famous for her sex life than her movies? Quite a stretch for the British actress.
Neil Smith - thelondonpaper
Interview is well-made but depends almost entirely on its acting. Neither of the two principals let it down, even when the screenplay isn't quite as sharp as it could have been.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
A talky, tricksy but never particularly convincing or involving drama.
Karl French - Financial Times
Interview is a decently acted two-hander fringe play that doesn't deserve to be on film.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
The friskiness of this pas de deux is something, and the acting duet enough of a selling point.
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
Snappy exchanges, smart acting and slick directing go to make up a wickedly entertaining work that's hugely enjoyable. A deft story about modern-day celebrity culture, it also proves what a talent Buscemi is as a director.
James Mottram - Film4
Essentially it's a game of verbal ping-pong and, even if cynicism wins the day too easily in the end, the interplay is lively and intriguing.
Stella Papamichael - BBC
There's some nicely written dialogue in this remake of a foreign movie, but it's all extremely unsatisfying thanks to a so-what? ending and the script's inability to make us warm to its two principal characters.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
The constant see-sawing of emotion eventually becomes repetitive and wearisome.
Kevin Maher - Times [UK]
Interview is a decent showcase for the talents of its stars, but may leave you in doubt over the talents of its originator. Hopefully the other Van Gogh remakes in production will sport more smartness and subtlety.
Aubrey Day - Total Film
It pretends to be about the games of deceit that go on between men and women, but it's really just a squib on the culture of celebrity, and the cynical conclusion that's meant to pull us up short is feeble and silly beyond patience.
Anthony Quinn - Independent
Ultimately, this two-hander feels limited in scale, but frisky and diverting while it's on.
Trevor Johnston - Time Out
As an exercise in preconception-shattering, it works reasonably well. But as the characters veer between petulance and intimacy and back again - often within the same verbal exchange - the situation never really rings true.
Tim Evans - Sky Movies
Stagey filming aside, this is a sharp and controlled study of celebrity obsession.
William Thomas - Empire Magazine
Pretty far from being a great movie, but it's not without its pleasures -- mostly due to the performers.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Interview isn't essential viewing, but it has a message for the media and its audience worth absorbing.
Matt Kelemen - Las Vegas CityLife
Media foes face off in intense indie adult drama.
S. Jhoanna Robledo - Common Sense Media
Stagey but enjoyable drama with superb performances from its two leads.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Works better in concept than execution.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
With her performance in Interview, Sienna Miller does more for today's tabloid-fixture starlets than they'll ever do for themselves.
Carla Meyer - Sacramento Bee
Rainer Werner Fassbinder might have been able to make us care for these characters; Buscemi and Miller are only able to get us to concede their chops.
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
There is precious damn little about watching a reporter and an actress trying to outsmart each other that could possibly be described as "compelling."
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
Emotional honesty in the service of nonsense is still nonsense, no matter how many scabs it manages to pick at.
Josh Rosenblatt - Austin Chronicle
A one-act play in search of a black box theater and an audience unfamiliar with such intense cat-and-mouse character studies as 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?'
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
There is something perversely appealing about this film. Maybe it's the way Interview astutely comments on celebrities and our perceptions of them, as well as questioning the sincerity and truthfulness of the media.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
There's just one hysterical scene after another, ideal for an acting class but off-putting over the course of even a relatively short film like this one.
Rob Thomas - Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Remaking a 2003 original by the slain Dutch director Theo van Gogh, Buscemi has produced a charmingly perplexing portrait that's anything but a knockoff.
Chad Greene - Boxoffice Magazine
A battle of who couldn't care less in which two parties' disinterest collides into a spark-filled festival of mutual loathing, attempted manipulation and resentment.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
Interview, a mood swing of a film with a trap-door resolution, is never much more than an elliptical exercise in symbiotic insincerity.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Interview is smart, provocative and disturbing, a searing indictment of media, hypocrisy and the themes Theo Van Gogh explored in his original.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
Dean Essner - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Buscemi and Miller should be roundly praised for the acting chops they display in this thriller.
Jason Ferguson - Orlando Weekly
After some impressive banter that hints at interesting character insights, the film loses steam at the halfway mark.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
In revealing the reporter and star's many efforts at artifice and incapacity for truth, Interview tells a conventional story, after all.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
Interview feels more like a lab experiment/tribute than a committed, personal drama, leaving us with the sense that Buscemi wanted to feel more connected to this material than he actually did.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
Miller delivers her strongest yet performance in this offbeat black comedy, which [is] intriguing, but a little draggy.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
What they're doing is so uninteresting, and their characters so unlikable, that it becomes an exercise in futility.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
A thoughtful, challenging piece of work.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
The subject matter is certainly American enough.
Marc Mohan - Oregonian
For starters, Buscemi is woefully miscast. The movie needed Anthony Quinn, not Peter Lorre.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
Interview slyly keeps you watching, wondering who will emerge from this long night's journey.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
A few scenes crackle with... intensity. The rest of it wallows in glib acrimony and cynicism.
Sean Axmaker - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Interview is less like a realistic character study than a theatrical game of cat-and-mouse, and a well-played one at that.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Like a one-act off-Broadway play that's wandered onto the movie screen...a sporadically amusing talkathon, but a pretty shallow and forgettable one.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
The dialogue cuts like a knife, and the two lead performances, by Steve Buscemi and Sienna Miller, have an electrifying emotional focus -- neither actor has ever been more mesmerizing.
Kurt Loder - MTV
A bitter, darkly funny little slice of arsenic, with some of the most stinging dialogue since Closer.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
Steve Buscemi is a multi-talented craftsman consistently putting out good work.
Jeanne Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
A verbal game of one-upmanship that occasionally gets physical, but with an undertone of constantly smoldering sexuality.
David Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Too bad the touted twist at the end is telegraphed miles in advance.
Jean Lowerison - San Diego Metropolitan
As the action moves from the restaurant and ultimately to Katja's spacious loft apartment, Interview becomes a house guest who has worn out his welcome.
Jonathan W. Hickman - Entertainment Insiders
Any questions about Miller's abilities as an actress should be set to rest by this performance.
Mary F. Pols - Contra Costa Times
Sharp dialogue and good performances keep it interesting. The film suggests a level of talent in Sienna Miller that she rarely gets a chance to show.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
Though I'm not familiar with Van Gogh's 2003 version, Buscemi's is implausible and even irritating, despite some nice atmospherics and a decent performance by the director.
Angela Baldassarre - Sympatico.ca
Despite the fact that both protagonists are equally appalling, the screenplay seems to have a soft spot for the woman. However, this doesn't take away from the fun of watching the two characters tear each other to pieces.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
Van Gogh has now received the most profound posthumous tribute that the American film industry could possibly bestow with this tepid and only fitfully interesting remake of his own 2003 feature of the same name.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
Tension, humor and pathos are wrung out from smart scripting and surprisingly effective performances.
Jeanne Aufmuth - Palo Alto Weekly
Has the kind of insight you won't find in Us Weekly.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
An entertaining two-person talkfest ... with nice ending twists are like frosting on a fluffy cake -- not really necessary, but tasty nonetheless.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
There's no doubting that the two actors, whose exchanges carry the script to its deceitful ending, generate spectacular chemistry.
Eric Kohn - New York Press
"Interview" is an actor's showcase movie that could, and should, have been made by a couple of talented student actors trying to break out of their off-off Broadway gigs.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com