Spy Game is absorbing enough for a night out, yet the film never pretends to be more than a lavishly downbeat popcorn thriller.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
Has the pointless, thrilling kineticism of a sports car commercial.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
- Guardian [UK]
If you can't find a copy of Condor, you can learn everything you probably need to know about espionage by pairing Spy Game with Spy Kids.
Mike Clark - USA Today
A taut, timely and intelligent thriller with cloak-and-swaggering performances from Robert Redford and Brad Pitt.
Rita Kempley - Washington Post
With its cast of back-stabbing functionaries and desk jockeys, Spy Game makes the sport and hard work of espionage seem chillingly real.
Michael O'Sullivan - Washington Post
It trades in the kinds of shadings and moral quandaries that have been meat and drink to Le Carre.
Jay Carr - Boston Globe
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.
Mark Holcomb - Village Voice
The core of this story is so riveting and strong that not even Scott's misguided efforts to dress it up can completely ruin it.
Eric Harrison - Houston Chronicle
Mr. Redford's strong turn, a pulse-pounding score, razor-sharp editing, and a provocative script give this location-driven thriller a keen edge.
Jane Sumner - Dallas Morning News
At times, it just seems like the movie is engaged in a game, itself, to keep us from noticing its faults.
Steven Rosen - Denver Post
It's clever and shows great control of craft, but it doesn't care, and so it's hard for us to care about.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Spy Game is never boring and rarely predictable except in its broad, overall us-versus-them outline.
Mark Caro - Chicago Tribune
The performances are the biggest asset.
Jeff Strickler - Minneapolis Star Tribune
What Spy Game lacks in bonafide suspense, it more than recoups in the dynamic interaction of its two stars.
Susan Stark - Detroit News
A yawn, and the two glamour boys (who, by the way, look awful) are both snoring.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
Todd McCarthy - Variety
A glossy, suffocatingly predictable star vehicle for Robert Redford and Brad Pitt.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
Spy Game is a pretty good movie, but it's hardly a film for our times.
Jay Boyar - Orlando Sentinel
Enemies can bury the hatchet; journalists can bury the lead; but who would have thought that a screenwriter could bury the plot.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
This brisk thriller overcomes its slick style with exciting espionage -- even if Brad Pitt and Robert Redford are all wrong.
Charles Taylor - Salon.com
An engrossing, if flawed, endeavor -- the kind of movie that represents an evening's solid diversion.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
A satisfying blend of an edge-of-your-seat thriller with a story of friendship and loyalty and a sobering inquiry into what it means to be a spy.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
Those flashbacks tend to dissipate tension and interest rather than increase it, making Spy Game play more like a haphazard short-story collection than an involving and cohesive novel.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
A smart thriller for grown-ups.
Nell Minow - Common Sense Media
Two generations of Hollywood 'golden boys' team up in Tony Scott's Spy Game, a neatly plotted espionage thriller. [Blu-ray]
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
- Empire Magazine
Derek Adams - Time Out
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
... afterwards I realized that I had been maneuvered into rooting for a dangerously reckless and presumptuous man.
Jeffrey Overstreet - Looking Closer
Darwyn Carson - Zap2it.com
...takes the spy formula and dilutes it with wholly unnecessary plot twists and a flashback structure that's more confusing than anything else.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
This is Brad Pitt, for crying out loud! Where can you send him undercover? In the CIA's Beverly Hills bureau?
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Susan Tavernetti - Palo Alto Weekly
Redford is great - treat the rest on a don't-need-to-know basis.
Harry Guerin - RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
John R. McEwen - Film Quips Online
- Film Threat
It just isn't thrilling enough -- an impression compounded by Scott's tiresomely overenthusiastic and gimmicky camerawork.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
An adventure that holds its own among the classics of the genre, a smart, sturdy and fascinating glimpse inside a hidden world.
Margaret A. McGurk - Cincinnati Enquirer
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
Crisply photographed and relentlessly compelling.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Kit Bowen - Hollywood.com
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
E sempre interessante conhecer personagens inteligentes.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
Another Hollywood-style action flick that entertains, but isn't terribly original...
Paul Salfen - Supercala.com
Pretentious camera tricks and confusing flashbacks overshadow fine performances.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Jimmy O - Film Snobs
Like the best Tony Scott films, Spy Game simultaneously questions and celebrates outmoded codes of masculine professionalism.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
Alexander Walker - This is London
The kind of movie that represents an engaging evening’s diversion, but makes no impact and leaves no lasting impression.
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
Redford is cool in this movie. He's as cool as a Baskin Robbins delivery truck caught in New England's Blizzard of '78.
Larry Carroll - Countingdown.com
- Boston Phoenix
Jeremy Heilman - MovieMartyr.com
Briskly paced and has enough style to keep the formula and implausibilities, for the most part, out of mind.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
- Irish Times
Mark Freeman - Critical Eye
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Less Bond than simply boring.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Emily Blunt - Blunt Review
To insert dynamic cinematography, you usually need something remotely dynamic to be happening on screen... Oliver Stone has made a career out of [not doing] this.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
It really is Redford's show. He works things so smoothly and with such a silver tongue that you honestly do believe the man was a top spy for the government.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
Stanley Kauffmann - The New Republic
Scott applies his usual flashy, stylized and high-voltage craftsmanship to the perfect vehicle here.
Doris Toumarkine - Film Journal International
El espionaje no significa ser James Bond o Ethan Hunt el 100% de las veces, y aqui el duelo real es con el arma mas util y compleja: la inteligencia.
Alex Ramirez - Cinenganos
Gary Brown - Houston Community Newspapers
Susan Granger - www.susangranger.com
I'll admit the main story is implausible, but the flashbacks were spectacular, and the cast is really good here.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
Writers Michael Frost Beckner and David Arata have written a truly riveting script, and cinematographer Daniel Mindel has done a great job of translating it visually.
Staci Layne Wilson - Fantastica Daily
Ian Waldron-Mantgani - UK Critic
A formula action espionage film.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Redford dazzles in his best role in decades.
Edward Guthmann - San Francisco Chronicle
Tony Scott ... has done enough movies of this sort that at times it feels like he's sleepwalking through the hyperkinetic camera movements and rapid-fire editing
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Like Pitt at his best, it's pretty, gritty, engrossing and fun.
Kim Morgan - Oregonian
Wittily scripted and wonderfully played by the veteran blond bombshell, Redford's HQ scenes sparkle.
Nev Pierce - BBC
Scott knows how to tell a story with flair and speed.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
Under the direction of Tony Scott, the film uses flash action and compelling camera work to move the story -- making Spy Game visually interesting.
Tony Toscano - Talking Pictures (U.S.)
The script by Michael Frost Beckner and David Arata manages somehow to be both tantalizingly complicated and comfortably predictable.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
Spy Game has blockbuster written all over it. The rental kind, not the box office kind.
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
The action sequences are astounding.
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
A decent thriller, but it's about as memorable as an Aldrich Ames mugshot.
Stephen Humphries - Christian Science Monitor
Spy Game is extraordinarily sleek and fleet, maintaining a breakneck momentum that could be likened to a runaway train or, more aptly, a heat-seeking missile.
Joe Leydon - San Francisco Examiner
Prairie Miller - WBAI Web Radio
An engrossing, tough-minded drama about the slippery morality of espionage and the harrowing decisions agents must make to serve the greater good.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
Ponderous and bulky, swaddled in an aura of flimsy import.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
The delight of Tony Scott's proficient thriller...is the relaxed, on the nose performance by old pro Redford.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
It needs twice the tradecraft and half the music.
Jay Stone - Ottawa Citizen
Brian Orndorf - Modamag.com
Slickly edited and shot, yet devoid of forward momentum.
Jason Anderson - eye WEEKLY
It's a success, and a rather fun one at that.
Chuck Rudolph - Matinee Magazine
It has very good tension and drama, and more brains than your average Hollywood spy thriller.
Marty Mapes - Movie Habit
Spy Game emphasizes brains over bullets and fists. It is a slickly-made film about a more cerebral conflict.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
A surprising waste of time that leaves you feeling cheated, unsatisfied, and mindboggled to what the point of it all was.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
So well put together that its substantial gaps in plausibility don't cause grievous harm.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
An energetic but immature espionage caper, one that hurtles forward with the inelegant enthusiasm of a kindergartner playing dress-up in his father's best suit.
Steve Schneider - Orlando Weekly
Scott ... can't figure out how to overcome the awkwardness of the flashback device and get any real dramatic momentum going.
Michael Tunison - Boxoffice Magazine
A mess, but it's a rousing mess, with ample humor and action to satisfy the discerning dullard within.
Gregory Weinkauf - New Times
Watching [Redford] so winningly wrap himself around an interesting role made me feel as if he'd never left his peak leading-man stature of more than a generation ago.
Brian McTavish - Kansas City Star
Spy Game is a pretty neat trailer that somehow manages not to give away its major plot points over the course of 130 feverish minutes.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
Spy Game fills its holes entertainingly, and with morsels of humanity.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
Spy Game's stars are only among the best elements in this superbly exciting, entertaining espionage thriller.
Claire Bickley - Jam! Movies
Something seems to be missing, unmentioned or unmentionable.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
The only thing that distinguishes the thriller Spy Game from one of uber-producer Jerry Bruckheimer's big-budgeted blockbusters is the fact that his name's not on this one.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
It is a smart thriller for grown-ups about spies who use their brains.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
"Spy Game" might have worked better if it didn't try to straddle the line between war and peace like an inept double agent.
Dan Lybarger - Lawrence Journal-World
Even within the limits of its fictional spy 'game' sensibility, it is depressingly unthoughtful.
Cynthia Fuchs - Philadelphia City Paper
Scott, who's made numerous big-star action movies, brings some unexpected humor and elegance to this otherwise predictable film.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
If you dig on spy films, I don't see any reason why you wouldn't thoroughly enjoy this movie.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Redford in a solid, nuanced performance in a picture that's frantically paced.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Make no mistake: This will never be mistaken as a CIA recruiting film.
Donald Munro - Fresno Bee
A fairly decent effort with enough engaging spy-related developments and occasionally crackling dialogue to make it a fairly enjoyable entry in the genre.
Jim Judy - Screen It!
Spy Game doesn't pander at all and even has the guts to stretch matters out to 127 minutes.
Joe Baltake - Sacramento Bee
Using a healthy mix of flashbacks and real-time segments, director Tony Scott manages to tell a compelling and thorough tale of politics, espionage and loyalty.
- E! Online
This is dazzling, first-rate Hollywood popcorn fluff. It thinks it's got more substance than it actually does, but Redford's performance is like one big wink: he's in on the joke, too.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
"Spy Game" is a solid adult alternative to the Potter puff currently storming the theaters.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Director Tony Scott got the tone, atmosphere, and grime of the story right.
Victoria Alexander - FilmsInReview.com
What Redford gets away with is putting over a convoluted and occasionally implausible story with his wit and charm.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
I spy something bland.
Bob Longino - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
As silly as a Roger Moore James Bond flick.
Frank Lovece - TV Guide's Movie Guide
In their few scenes together, Pitt and Redford prove to be excellent dramatic foils.
Louis B. Hobson - Jam! Movies
A satisfying and entertaining spy movie.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Robert Redford gives perhaps the slyest performance of his career, projecting both the piss and vinegar of Butch Cassidy and the stoicism of the Sundance Kid.
Edward Johnson-Ott - NUVO Newsweekly
Has the makings of a good movie ... but right now its only 65 minutes long and encased in another 60 minutes of beurocratic debris.
Sean O'Connell - Eclipse Magazine
Scott films every scene, no matter how routine, as if he's covering the launch of a nuclear missile.
Paul Tatara - CNN.com
This movie is about guys sitting around in meetings, trying to out-spy each other.
Dave White - IFilm
The sweetest thing about this action thriller is not the action -- it's the finesse.
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
Entertaining and suspenseful.
Rod Armstrong - Reel.com
A good, solid, middle-of-the-road secret agent yarn, almost gleefully old-fashioned in narrative and tone.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Not completely successful as a thriller and lacks the cohesiveness and intelligence that Redford movies tend to have when he directs himself. But it's well-plotted, acted with a charismatic flair and right on the zeitgeist.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
The movie is set in so many different countries and time frames that it gets as complicated as a Sara Jane Olson plea hearing. That it all makes sense in the end is due to the crackly, smart dialogue.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Intelligent and absorbing.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Seems a lot more adult than anything I've seen in a while.
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
Redford, who has played a long list of conscientious doubters and dissenters motivated by patriotism and justice, brings the perfect amount of baggage to the role.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
Spy Game is an international thriller that actually thrills.
Bruce Newman - San Jose Mercury News
Despite its predictability, the story plays out fairly well.
Mary F. Pols - Contra Costa Times
It's fun to watch Redford and Pitt play off of each other in the roles of mentor and protege.
Todd Anthony - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Every time the story catches fire, the script switches to very long flashbacks that are confusing and never give us any reason to care about the people involved.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Spy story fans should enjoy the... scheming, the crosses and double-crosses, and the depiction of the icy obliquity built into--and accepted--as part of the system.
Arthur Lazere - culturevulture.net
...takes you on a great ride while not really being a great movie.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
Tony Scott always knows how to put on a good show.
Ed Gonzalez - Slant Magazine