The Secret is Out

Ten people walked out on this movie. Ten people paid $12 to see it, and were turned off to the extent that they didn’t want to spend the other hour to hour and a half of their lives watching the rest of it at the showing I attended. The funny thing is this isn’t a bad movie at all, but it might not be for everyone.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is the story of the people at the top of British Secret Intelligence during the Cold War. A field agent, Ricky Tarr (played by Tom Hardy), is told of the existence of a mole for the Russians among one of Britain’s top spies.

George Smiley (played by Gary Oldman) is then secretly brought out of forced retirement to do whatever necessary to find out who the mole is.


  • It’s a slow burn to start, but I feel like once Ricky Tarr starts to tell his story it really picks up and gets into a groove.
  • The acting is top notch. Mark Strong, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, and Benedict Cumberpatch all put in great performances.
  • The way the mystery unfolds and is solved is clever and well written.


  • The beginning was a little too slow of a burn. And the way the story often unfolded through flashbacks was a bit confusing.
  • It’s a bit unforgiving for people who aren’t paying close attention. It’s not like you’ll miss something important if you blink, but failing to pick up one detail could cause the ending to be confusing for you. People in the theater that didn’t know each other were talking about what happened in the movie after it was over.

There you have it, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a film experience that to some was too boring to waste their time with. And everyone else that stuck with it was intrigued enough to talk to people they didn’t know about it afterward

I thoroughly enjoyed it and I would recommend you see it as long as you’re OK with a very slow building “thriller”. If that doesn’t sound good to you, this movie is not for you.

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