The Spy Who Came In from the Cold John le Carré's best-selling novel became this intentionally bleak, black-and-white spy non-thriller about a moody British spy stationed in Cold War West Germany. Burton is… The Spy Who Came In from the Cold John le Carré's best-selling novel became this intentionally bleak, black-and-white spy non-thriller about a moody British spy stationed in Cold War West Germany. Burton is…
Movie on DVD Review

The Spy Who Came in From the Cold (2008)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Nov 25, 2008; DVD Release Date: Nov 25, 2008; Movie Rated: Unrated; Genres: Drama, Mystery and Thriller; With: Richard Burton; Distributor: Paramount Pictures

John le Carré's best-selling novel became this intentionally bleak, black-and-white spy non-thriller about a moody British spy stationed in Cold War West Germany. Burton is sexily morose, and if director Martin Ritt (Hud, Norma Rae) plays down the suspense, he and his star nonetheless pull you into a fascinatingly crabbed, paranoid world. The EXTRAS on Criterion's two-disc edition of The Spy Who Came in From the Cold include a superb new interview with le Carré, who talks with serene frankness about Burton having ''thrown a wobbly'' (i.e., a fit of anger) and of the ''undying animosity'' between the actor and Ritt. B+

Originally posted Nov 26, 2008 Published in issue #1024 Dec 05, 2008 Order article reprints
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