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The Interpreter

The Interpreter

2005
Drama
Suspense/Thriller
2h 8m
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Avg Percentile 37% from 3894 total ratings

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Rated 03 Jul 2009
70
41st
An accomplished and interesting but slightly jumbled and confusing thriller with two solid lead performances.
Rated 29 Dec 2007
49
15th
Slightly apathetic writing and performances means that the ultimate meaning of this once-promising story is sadly lost. Avoid.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
65
31st
Self-important and sluggishly paced. Great performance by N. Kidman's hair though. Sean Penn needs to find a new character to play
Rated 14 Aug 2007
74
21st
I need someone to interpret waht it was that posessed me to pay to see this. Yeah, Nicole Kidman looks great, but that was a given. I don't know why watched this.
Rated 11 Jun 2021
77
58th
I had virtually no idea what was going on by the halfway mark (goddamn face blindness) but that didn't stop me from enjoying it. Kidman and Penn put on a great show. Even though I didn't fully comprehend the somewhat convoluted script, I definitely felt the suspense and liked the general premise.
Rated 21 Jul 2008
46
27th
It's not groundbreaking or especially memorable, but the first half or so actually works fairly well. Pollack's sure-footed way with narrative develops the story to best maximize its potential. Eventually, it gets mired in too many twists, melodramatic backstory and mounting implausibilities. The two stars who anchor the film make for an interesting pair: Kidman's crystalline precision and Penn's raggedy earthiness create a strangely satisfying friction that's intriguing to watch.
Rated 13 Feb 2014
37
11th
Boring run of the mill political thriller. If you looked up the meaning of the word bland in the dictionary, you would find the definition of bland which is what this movie is.
Rated 14 Sep 2008
70
16th
Being a translator myself (and NOT an interpreter, they're different things!), I couldn't help but notice certain things done right... but overall, the plot was preposterous.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
60
28th
Looks like career filler for Kidman and Penn.
Rated 11 Nov 2007
52
47th
The exploding bus, Penn's acting and Kidman's look save it from failing
Rated 19 Aug 2008
60
11th
Nicole Kidman is stunning! Sean Penn is an amazing actor. Sydney Pollack an incredible director. And yet, except for a bus scene involving a bomb this somehow winds up being one of the most boring, lethally non-thrilling "thrillers" ever made.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
65
20th
I'm a big fan of Sydney Pollack, and everyone invloved, and there's some good character work going on, but I can't remember much about a storyline. Yet I remember coming away feeling I saw something unique...
Rated 05 May 2010
68
28th
Better than i thought it to be.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
60
19th
O.K. a little confusing at times. Kidman is ungodly hot.
Rated 19 Jan 2013
35
13th
I'm sorry, but this isn't working for me. Maybe try it with less Sean Penn?
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
39th
Tightly written, well acted, but ultimately fails to make its global politics subject matter as interesting as the trailer would make one think.
Rated 09 Jun 2010
50
9th
why i could always predict end of these type of mıovies?
Rated 08 Jun 2009
67
48th
As much as I love Penn, this was to unbelievable to follow.
Rated 12 Oct 2007
73
18th
can be seen few times
Rated 14 Aug 2007
86
30th
Good, if on the boring side.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
45
6th
stupid
Rated 21 Jan 2008
91
55th
Well done - a clean (in the since of no sex scenes) Suspense/Thriller!
Rated 08 Mar 2018
84
74th
This movie will make you feel bad. It is a great movie, that will definitely disconfort you. Don't get me wrong: it is, indeed, a really good movie, but... it is a very harsh movie.
Rated 14 Oct 2008
80
34th
Intellegent and interesting.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
50
35th
Mediocre thriller. Not convincig act thou. Directing too.
Rated 12 Jul 2008
58
28th
Nothing to see here.
Rated 29 Nov 2007
35
16th
A good story solid in every technical area, however I totally hated the overwhelming political propaganda in the movie which actually detracted from its overall performance.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
58th
I wasn't expecting much when i saw this, but it was actually really entertaining. I finally saw why every one thinks Kidman is gorgeous. A pretty cool movie.
Rated 22 Dec 2009
22
20th
gaab
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
67th
good
Rated 14 Aug 2007
84
30th
So much talent. But it is just such an ordinary film. Well, that's what it says here.
Rated 01 Dec 2006
69
31st
Entertaining, but the story just lacks credibility.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
87
75th
Underrated.
Rated 20 Feb 2007
60
33rd
Nice to see, specially because of the NY shots and Nicole Kidman, but by the minute 30 you already know how it's gonna end.
Rated 26 Jun 2016
43
51st
#16#, rw2, story, Nicole.K!/10a5, oldies(2) }*{ #00s(m)#, story, Nicole.K!
Rated 26 Jan 2010
72
19th
Effective but forgettable thriller.
Rated 30 Mar 2007
70
46th
Passable thriller entertainment.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
36th
Entertaining the whole way through, but awfully generic.
Rated 04 Jan 2008
77
45th
A novel storyline which is well acted in the main although the film does flounder a bit in the middle. Not a must see but ok for its type.
Rated 13 Dec 2006
15
5th
Nicole Kidman seems to have messed up her lines like a million times in this movie.. notice her hair going up and down and tucked back and such.. so funny such a bad movie as well
Rated 04 Jun 2008
67
6th
Terrible, really.
Rated 24 Mar 2009
77
58th
Chilling thriller and the last Pollack film. Suspense without blood and gore. A thrill ride that is rather subdued. Great perfs all around. Solid.
Rated 13 Oct 2007
75
77th
great suspense thriller and its got nicole!
Rated 08 May 2009
50
33rd
Much talent in front of and behind the camera, first movie ever to be shot at the real UN, plenty of meaty material... yet, it's kind of like _Gangs of New York_ in that it's all neat-o researched background; the story and characters are not at all inspired. I said after seeing this in theatrical release that Pollack ought to retire now, and it's a shame he didn't enjoy a few quiet twilight years before he passed on
Rated 11 Sep 2017
27
13th
I so wanted this to be actually...you know, good. Interesting premise, appealing leads. But the script--though reasonably cleverly plotted--is lousy, and only Kidman managed to (sort of) overcome that handicap that proved insurmountable for the rest of the cast. Even Sean Penn was not interested enough to find a way to make his character the least bit involving. And at over 2 hours, it's a good half hour too long. Some of those scenes felt ENDLESS.
Rated 24 Jan 2009
64
50th
An old school crime thriller - very watchable.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
60
14th
This is a very standard, solid, political thriller. Given then fact that the genre is simply not very interesting, I didn't find the movie exciting. Good acting from Nicole Kidman (looking better as she gets older) and Sean Penn can't save the unoriginal screenplay and standard directing.
Rated 21 Aug 2007
10
15th
Crap
Rated 28 Jun 2008
70
41st
Well-crafted--but not terribly distinguished. Seemed too long, possibly because watching a stakeout is about as exciting as watching an interpreter at work. Script featured occasional lame stabs at humor, and the involvement of the two leads was forced. Still, at least it didn't have 1) the annoyingly obligatory Sex Scene; or 2) Penn leaving with Kidman for Africa at the end. Penn good in understated interrogatory role--not so good when he tried to turn on the charm (the story's fault, not his).
Rated 14 Aug 2007
68
44th
Effective thriller.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
79
39th
A good cast & director cannot move this film away from the fact that it's a little far fetched. Still, the performances of the leads are solid and it does cover most of what a thriller should.
Rated 12 Jan 2013
63
34th
As good as you might want this movie to be, it's not. I don't buy Nicole Kidman's character, and I've always hated Sean Penn.
Rated 01 Mar 2022
45
31st
Good cast, but boring & not well directed or edited. Very forgettable. Tropes abound.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
71
47th
Not a classic, but definitely well-paced and tense, with some solid acting from Kidman and Sean Penn.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
88
78th
An engrossing story, with a great performance from Nicole Kidman.
Rated 13 Jan 2015
51
48th
Entertaining political thriller/mystery flick with a unique setting. Sean Penn is in top form.
Rated 06 Sep 2008
60
10th
Could possibly make you hate children and AIDS patients. Be forewarned.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
51
54th
The bus sequence is mighty fine.
Rated 23 Feb 2007
71
75th
Once again Nic in an intellectual, tempting and mysterious role. Nic I love you!
Rated 14 Mar 2008
60
43rd
A modestly entertaining political thriller, most notable for being the first film to ever be allowed to film inside United Nations HQ. Pollack gets solid performances from Penn, Kidman and Keener, but a thriller must be considered heavily flawed when its tensest moment (the bus scene) comes in the middle of the movie.
Rated 07 Jan 2013
40
21st
If I have seen a movie but I have zero recollection of it, I give it a 40. This is a solid 40.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
4
43rd
Typical thriller - people into high-stakes life-or-death political espionage type shit may enjoy it, people who aren't will probably get restless.
Rated 07 Mar 2008
60
53rd
Multi-layered performance by Kidman elevates the otherwise less-than-clever story.
Rated 19 Feb 2009
53
26th
Predictable, boring, and not memorable much at all.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
75
0th
Good, but in some moments it's boring.
Rated 16 Jan 2011
60
52nd
Wins most of its points for being well written and having two solid lead performances. Penn and Kidman are good enough to paper over "The Interpreter's" cracks. There is no denying that at times the plot is messy, rushed and the pacing uneven. Pollack never quite decides if he wants to make a film about the exploration of grief or an all out suspense thriller, and this movie ends up sitting awkwardly between the two. Even so, "The Interpreter" is still a perfectly watchable drama.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
84
73rd
An intelligent thriller from Sydney Pollack made better by the film's 2 stars, Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn who pull no punches with the material. Although the ending and final twist might let down the film somewhat, the film's intelligence ensures it rises above run-of-the-mill thrillers of its kind.
Rated 26 Oct 2010
74
60th
Previously rated [76] on October 26th, 2010
Rated 05 Jun 2008
89
78th
Nicole is fantastic in this film! As well as Sean Penn! They are great and the story is so well assembled! You will have a great time watching it!
Rated 24 Jan 2021
65
18th
25.01.2021 Kartal
Rated 28 Jul 2011
57
26th
A polished and intelligent thriller, though marred by plot implausibilities.
Rated 28 Oct 2011
25
61st
"Subversive, maybe, but hardly explosive." - Akiva Gottlieb
Rated 16 Feb 2007
55
49th
Good film.
Rated 03 Jan 2007
65
13th
Disappointing, not one of Nicole's best.
Rated 26 May 2009
40
71st
Even if Pollack doesn't get much tension or pace out of the bomb sequence, he at any rate gets complexity. But the best reason to see the film is unquestionably for the cinematography of the Iranian-born Darius Khondji, the smooth, sleek, polished surface of the image, the clean, fresh air within (remarkably so for New York City), the warm, moist, and radiant flesh tones. The best reason to see it, in other words, is simply to see it. You can't ask for less.
Rated 03 Oct 2023
37
25th
an intriguing idea with heaps of potential that went squandered by misguided production decisions. what could have been a cool and memorable low budget flick turned into an entirely forgettable, focus grouped, shallow $80m blockbuster with a cheesy, unrealistic, cliché ridden script, stagnant pacing, and some of the worst casting ever.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
45
15th
The film was so caught up in trying to establish intrigue that it forgot that it had to make sense at some point.
Rated 22 Jul 2008
70
57th
Bu filmi iki defa izledim..İlgiyi hakeden bir yapım, gerek yonetmenlik (Hitchcock ustaya saygı durusu var)gerekse oyunculuklar goze carpiyor..
Rated 23 Jun 2012
60
28th
59.750
Rated 18 Jan 2009
70
31st
I like Nicole Kidman in most of her movies. This one was OK.
Rated 07 Sep 2009
67
38th
Not bad. Not good either.
Rated 11 Sep 2007
70
28th
not as good as i thought it would be. sorry.
Rated 05 Aug 2011
95
91st
This is a truly terrific thriller. There's really little else to be said without giving away plot points, or revealing acting choices, that are better absorbed while watching. Nicole Kidman leads this camera in this movie much the way Audrey Hepburn led it in Wait Until Dark; her intellectual and emotional context drives your every expectation. It also presents an interesting look inside the life of those who work FOR the people responsible international diplomacy.
Rated 30 Aug 2019
40
37th
The movie is well made, however; I do not enjoy international sleuths one bit in movies.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
82
58th
Well acted, slightly telegraphed plot, but very enjoyable thriller.
Rated 16 Aug 2013
67
35th
A very standard political (not thrilling) thriller that's elevated by Nicole Kidman's laughably superhuman Vespa skills.
Rated 12 Dec 2006
80
36th
good plotline, but it took FOREVER to get off the ground.
Rated 26 Aug 2007
5
1st
Quote from the movie: "What do you do when you're not sleeping? I stay awake" Cmon!
Rated 06 Jan 2008
50
36th
Movie full of turns and details, which they do not add in anything in the plot.
Rated 20 Nov 2009
68
46th
Kim
Rated 17 Oct 2007
60
11th
Not too suspensful and way too dramatic. Totally unbelievable.

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