In a world full of off the rack thrillers, it's fine boutique quality.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
If the film's emotions are not always in balance, its clumsiness is also part of the fun.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
Despite a dissatisfying conclusion, a sense that things don't completely jell, The Tailor of Panama is lively and provocative.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
Many spy capers lose their intended irony and wry black humor, but The Tailor of Panama stays stylishly on target in ways that would put a heat-seeking missile to shame.
Jay Carr - Boston Globe
The director himself knows a bit about tailoring, but he still sent his movie out into the world with a few seams showing.
J. Hoberman - Village Voice
A literate and entertaining comic thriller.
Eric Harrison - Houston Chronicle
Stylish, sly and sophisticated, a classy adult film redolent of that satirical spy spoof Our Man in Havana.
Jane Sumner - Dallas Morning News
The film has been directed with a shrewd balance of wit, tension, parody and empathy.
Steven Rosen - Denver Post
If you think the spy-thriller genre has been streamlined and spoofed and subverted until nothing new can be done to it, think again.
Peter Rainer - New York Magazine
Has a lot of wry, twisted humor.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Like a Bach toccata or a frosty drink on a sunlit veranda, a first--class movie spy thriller can offer one of life's cooler, more elegant treats. The Tailor of Panama fits that category.
Michael Wilmington - Chicago Tribune
Forget the end and there is much to enjoy here, especially in the playing of Pierce Brosnan and Geoffrey Rush.
Desmond Ryan - Philadelphia Inquirer
A wise, vivid, thoughtfully textured film.
Susan Stark - Detroit News
Classy, articulate and richly humorous.
David Stratton - Variety
A hand-tailored job in a marketplace filled with off-the-rack movies.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
If anything saves this movie, it's the acting.
David D'Arcy - Film.com
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
A sophisticated, subtle adult entertainment that is also a compliment to the audience.
Charles Taylor - Salon.com
The decision to let Brosnan play Osnard probably kept the Bond producers up a few nights, but letting him do it was the right call.
David Edelstein - Slate
This plot-centered motion picture demands that its audience thinks rather than sits passively and watches.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
It's hard to work up much enthusiasm for any of its characters or sympathize with their plight.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
A satisfying blend of action, intrigue, snappy dialogue and dark humor.
David Germain - Associated Press
When the revolution turns real, the film finally collapses under the burden of implausibility.
Richard Schickel - TIME Magazine
A hypnotic film that stays resonantly humane even as Boorman skewers British and American diplomacy with martini-dry wit.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Strong as Brosnan is, Rush is more impressive for the ways he can make us sympathize with someone who is doing dreadful things.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Not a great movie -- for adults only.
Ellen MacKay - Common Sense Media
Geoff Andrew - Time Out
Ron Wells - Film Threat
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
Funny, frisky and always on the right side of plausible. Mission accomplished.
Harry Guerin - RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
I had forgotten that thrillers could possibly be this much fun and rippingly intelligent at the same time.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
Joe Mader - Palo Alto Weekly
John R. McEwen - Film Quips Online
David Poland - Hot Button
Jason Solomons - Daily Mail [UK]
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Margaret A. McGurk - Cincinnati Enquirer
It doesn't feel like a normal espionage thriller; it feels much, much better.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
A broad, ribald circus flagrantly in love with the English language, The Tailor bustles with swaggering, jubilant showmanship.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
Like "Three Kings," "The Tailor of Panama" is a political satire that emerged from the studio system with its fangs intact.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
No es una pelicula facil ni para aquellos con estomago debil, debido a su explicito contenido sexual, su fuerte carga inmoral, su lenguaje y algunas escenas de violencia.
Luis Martinez - Cinenganos
- Boston Phoenix
A movie for people who don't mind having their expectations played with, and who prefer wordplay over gunplay.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
Deceptively rich and intriguing.
Chuck Rudolph - Matinee Magazine
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
Representa una buena oportunidad de esparcimiento y evasion
Jorge Avila Andrade - Moviola
more a satire than a thriller
Carlo Cavagna - AboutFilm.com
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
John Boorman's direction here is impeccable, capturing well the look and sounds of Panama City, and mixing it in with the film's story.
Greg Dean Schmitz - Greg's Previews at Yahoo! Movies
Brosnan is great as the nasty, manipulative spy, using his wits, charm and sex appeal to outmaneuver everyone around him.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Marty Mapes - Movie Habit
There's no satisfaction in the wrapup
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
a post-Cold War black comedy about a corrupt world in which the kind of spying that made James Bond world famous no longer has a place
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
The near faithful screen adaptation, directed with finesse by John Boorman captures the spirit of the novel.
Ted Murphy - Baseline.Hollywood.com
Despite its sometimes unfortunate reliance on four-letter dialogue and sexual material, this is a throwback to the more complex thrillers of the past.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Neither thrilling nor particularly funny.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Seems diligently assembled.
Stanley Kauffmann - New Republic
Stanley Kauffmann - The New Republic
Offers viewers something rarely seen in theaters this time of year: a solid, well-told story.
Edward Johnson-Ott - NUVO Newsweekly
The more you think about it; the more you appreciate its subtle charms.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
" ... veers uneasily between drama and farce, not really succeeding at either."
Matt Easterbrook - Matt's Movie Reviews
Scott A. Mantz - Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
Elegant, sophisticated and very funny in a sly, subtle, wordy way.
Joe Baltake - Sacramento Bee
A sometimes-plodding, rarely inspiring or revealing and often confused spy drama that can't decide whether it wants to be quirky, smart, sexy, tense or all of the above.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
An adult film in the classic sense of the phrase -- no sophomoric comedy allowed, and a dry Brit wit is manifested throughout.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
Like a nice, if unassuming, suit tailored by a team of craftsman.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The picture is intriguing, and campy enough to be purposely funny.
Kim Morgan - Oregonian
It is in the details that le Carre and Boorman weave this darkly funny story.
Jay Stone - Ottawa Citizen
The film's eye-opening performance is by Brosnan as the anti-Bond.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
[Boorman] manages to strike exactly the right tone, which is somewhere between irony and amused incredulity.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
The film, for all its earnestness, snaky comedy, and would-be intelligence, never manages any real fizz.
Ian Nathan - Empire Magazine
Worthwhile if just for Brosnan, who's having so much fun in his new smarmy skin that you can't help but get caught up in it.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
Some gaps of logic wound but don't kill The Tailor of Panama, which explores the slippery nature of loyalty in an increasingly ambiguous moral climate.
Serena Donadoni - Orlando Weekly
A wickedly intelligent black comedy.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
More cerebral than visceral, and it falls uneasily between the suspense and comedy genres.
Stephen Farber - Movieline
A never-thrilling, occasionally amusing picture which wheezes badly, like a pig which has been shot but refuses to die.
Michael Thomson - BBC
Its tongue is planted too far in its cheek and it can't decide whether it wants to be serious or silly.
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
Jason Anderson - eye WEEKLY
A swarthy, seething, intelligent, magnificently crafted thriller.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
One big double entendre that's too jokey for its own good yet nevertheless is at times very amusing.
Bridget Byrne - Boxoffice Magazine
Greg Muskewitz - eFilmCritic.com
If it works -- and this viewer thinks it works quite well -- most of the credit goes to Rush's performance.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
A cut above the preposterous action spectacles that now pass for espionage films...
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Very talky -- fortunately, with actors like these and a script by Andrew Davies, Boorman and Le Carre himself, the talk is frequently good.
Bob Graham - San Francisco Chronicle
Often darkly witty.
Cynthia Fuchs - Nitrate Online
A clever alternative to high action and special effect flicks.
Cornell & Petricelli - CinemaSense.Com
Rich but uneven.
John Anderson - Newsday
I might have enjoyed The Tailor of Panama a bit more if it did not echo a much sharper and more amusing romp in the cane field of Latin American intrigue, Our Man in Havana.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
The Tailor of Panama teeters from drama to farce to thriller to delicious black comedy, and delivers on all fronts.
Paul Clinton (CNN.com) - CNN.com
While the picture contains no specific structural flaw or bad performance, it simply never manages to be engaging or compelling enough to overcome its overall bland and lackluster feel.
Jim Judy - Screen It!
Brosnan makes Osnard into one of the spy genre's great cynical manipulators, Bond on a bender. It's too bad the rest of the film can't quite live down to his character.
Glenn Whipp - Los Angeles Daily News
May be too smart for today's off-the-rack audiences.
Todd Anthony - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
To enjoy this movie fully, it's best not to read le Carre's masterful novel.
Misha Berson - Seattle Times
A clever, consistently engaging thriller with complex characters who struggle with various alterations of the truth.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
A big disappointment.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Another middling film that will leave audiences neither shaken nor stirred.
Tor Thorsen - Reel.com
A nice fit.
- E! Online
Those expecting a Bond-like thriller may be disappointed, but this deviously witty diversion deserves to be appreciated for what it is.
Kevin Maynard - Mr. Showbiz
- Ebert & Roeper
If it wasn't for the extraordinary acting by Rush, Curtis, and especially Brosnan, it wouldn't have been as nearly as entertaining.
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
In a period devoted to digital spectacle, it's almost a shock to come across a film grounded in complex characterizations, subtle plot twists and deep moral ambiguity.
Dave Kehr - Citysearch
Energetic and inventive, it's a satirical, smart, grown-up thriller.
Sean Axmaker - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
All the actors seem to be having a great time. You will, too.
Dave White - IFilm
Overambition is a rarity in spy thrillers nowadays. If The Tailor of Panama doesn't quite gel, the attempt is still worth savoring.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
Well-tailored but not as well as many of John Boorman's other films.
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
What's most unnerving about The Tailor of Panama is the film's overall tone, which wavers uncomfortably between modest thrills and modest farce.
Gregory Weinkauf - New Times
In the midst of that fascinating, sad setting, Panama gives us great characters.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
The film starts slowly, sleepily slowly, but builds well.
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
Pierce Brosnan may play a British spy but he's no 007 in this caustic, clever, tantalizing romp of international intrigue.
Susan Granger - www.susangranger.com
The Tailor of Panama is no more unlikely a tale than your typical Bond movie -- it's just a lot less fun.
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
Refashioned only imperfectly from the book, it ends up neither fish nor fowl, an amalgam of drama, satire and farce which never comes together into a satisfying whole.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Sophisticated, sardonic, sexy spy story.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
The film develops enough successful elements to satisfy most film fans.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
It's more like Harry's handmade suits--specially made for the person of taste.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews