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The Interpreter Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    With major stars, a name director and grown-up subject matter, this middling drama is less a movie to recommend with vigor than to covet on general principles.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    In the absence of internal logic, external style and emotional intelligence carry the day.

  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    An elegant adventure of a different kind.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    As beautifully designed, swift and sleek as a classic sports car, throbbing with emotion and intelligence, it's a neat suspense film that's also dramatically and sociologically potent, with two supremely talented stars, Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn, delivering beyond the emotional call of duty.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Thrillers don't get much smarter than The Interpreter.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

This intense thriller is best for older teens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie includes realistic representations of shooting deaths (in the first scene, committed by adolescent boys) and a terrorist bomb attack on a bus in Brooklyn. The political intrigue is occasionally complicated, involving discussions of assassination, genocide, racism, and the desire for revenge. Characters drink, smoke, and use some mild language (they also name and drink Starbucks coffee).

  • Families can talk about the U.N.'s roles in world peacekeeping and diplomacy, as well as recent turmoils in Sudan, Rwanda, or Zimbabwe. Families can also talk about the way that children are affected by daily and traumatic violence. Is vengeance the only or most effective response to violence? How do you know when you can trust a friend or a colleague?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: This movie deals with heavy themes including racism, genocide, and the desire for revenge.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Realistic representations of shooting deaths and a terrorist bomb attack.

  • sex false3

    Sex: A scene in a strip club with a lap dance; dancer wears a thong and is scene topless from behind.

  • language false3

    Language: Some profanity.

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Starbucks coffee is visible and mentioned by name.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters drink and smoke.