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The Tailor of Panama 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.

  • 20

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Only Le Carre fans with tin ears and clouded eyes will fail to note the film's sour tone, crude performances and drab look.

  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Brosnan and Rush are a smooth fit, playing off each other like a snappy shirt and tie.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    In a world full of off the rack thrillers, it's fine boutique quality.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    A real movie, rich and atmospheric, savoring its disreputable characters and their human weaknesses.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

Not a great movie -- for adults only.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a sexually frank, profane, and unglamorously corrupt movie that's not particularly appropriate for teens; parental supervision is a must if you watch with your older teen.

  • Families can talk about what makes a good spy thriller, and look into author John le Carre's fascinating background.

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Hispanic characters are secondary in this story, but come off as a complex and diverse population; Osnard is a sexual predator and stalks women constantly--his appraisal of their body parts is (intentionally) offensive. Some crude humor.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: All violence is shown in flashback -- some war crimes. Brief gore. A washed-up revolutionary drunkenly accosts drug-dealers and money-launderers at a club. He later commits suicide and we see his corpse; in flashback Panamanian citizens are attacked by

  • sex false5

    Sex: A scene takes place in a bordello with pornography showing in the background; tawdry sex scenes take place between Osnard and a diplomat; the Tailor's wife is shown topless several times and is groped by Osnard.

  • language false5

    Language: Liberal use of extreme obscenities.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drug trafficking and drinking.