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Ignore all the other bad reviews - this is a serious, deep-thinking movie with solid in-character performances from all the leads. It is short on shoot-em up action because it is about moral choices... Read more - it shows the US security services developing as effectively little different from their totalitarian opponents. It is long, but the story covers quite a time span, so it requires you to pay attention. It's worth it.
very enjoyable movie and great actors who played the parts very well. A good watch with interesting situations.
Fictional but surprisingly based on real life characters. A very intense story which requires one to watch and listen closely, one may need to watch again to appreciate the underlying plot. Great acting with high powered cast and management.
Slow but moving insight into the sacrifices men made in the name of patriotism.
An unhurried and excellently directed film. This is pure film making skill. The writer may be getting a bit bitter in their old age though. What a shame it would be if the prize of mastery came at the cost of storyline richness.
Slow moving but not dull film about Cold War spy games. The cast is superb, with two exceptions. Robert De Niro allows himself an indulgent came, but perhaps he deserves it because of his efforts behind... Read more the camera. Angelina Jolie is badly miscast, hamming it up when the rest of the (very heavyweight) cast deliberately underplay. We don't quite believe that the Russian controller, 'Ulysses,' is really obsessed with his American counterpart, Matt Damon's buttoned down 'Mother.' We needed to see more of 'Mother' in action to make this convincing. Still, it is intriguing, very well acted by a cast of Hollywood and British acting royalty (Joe Pesci shows up late for a riveting, moving cameo) and beautifully put-together.
I had a knot in my stomach the whole way through, good acting performances-not to cliched or over acted. Chilling, twists upon twists. One to leave your thinking.
Matt Damon good in the lead role. An enjoyable watch but bounced around timeline - bit hard to follow and wasn't any great mystery going on which was there to solve.
Great cast, great director, well acted, believable story, etc., but I am not a Matt Damon fan and it is hard to watch for 2.5 hours him being MD with his framed glasses and his subtle demeanor. This... Read more movie has everything that one would want as far as cast, espionage, period piece, Angelina Jolie, De Niro directing, history that I know well, la Revolucion, but it has no meat to it. Slow developing and when it is finally developed, who cares?
Good story but waaaaay too long. I almost expected Golum to pop up looking for his "Precious" It was also kind of confusing starting in 1939, 1940, 1941, then skipping to 1961, then back to 1941..... What year is it now? I can't keep up.