Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Theatrical Release: January 6, 2012
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy


An intelligence officer is recalled from retirement when there are signs that one of the top-ranking officers of the British Secret Intelligence Service is a Soviet mole.

Dove Review

I found this movie to be very slow moving. For example, there’s the scene in which a character gets up to his alarm clock, a character eating, a character taking a drink, characters walking, and all of these in isolated scenes. The plot is a bit difficult to follow as well. It basically comes down to a British Secret Intelligence officer being a Soviet mole and the search is on to narrow it down to the culprit. It’s just that the movie moved from scene to scene so often, with the mostly slow-moving scenes, that there seemed to be no focus. Just a lot of plodding plot and talk.

At any rate, the violence level is extremely high in this one. One scene in which a woman is shot in the head and the wall is splattered with blood made me flinch and was unsettling, and there are others like this one. The language is extremely coarse and profane too. Skip this one. It doesn’t come close to receiving our Dove Seal.

Content Description

Sex: A couple is seen partially naked having sex outside of marriage; a few clothed women are grabbed by the rear; passionate kissing.
Language: Too many words to count including a large number of "F" utterances; Ch*st and J and JC are used; a "Da*n you" comment; "Bloody" many times and many other strong utterances of language.
Violence: Several characters are shot with bloody results including a pool of blood and the wall splattered with blood; flashbacks of the shootings repeated; bloody necks and faces; a woman's bloody eye; a man is shot under the eye and the blood and hole are seen; a character is seen apparently dead in a hospital bed.
Drugs: Almost constant smoking and drinking scenes including the smoking of cigarettes and a pipe and strong liquor.
Nudity: A woman's rear is seen as she is having sex with a man; a woman's exposed breasts are seen as she is with a man in a smoke-filled bar; shirtless men.
Other: A mole betrays his country's secrets; disrespect.


Company: Focus Features
Writer: Bridget O'Connor & Peter Straughan
Director: Tomas Alfredson
Producer: Tim Bevan
Genre: Suspense
Runtime: 127 min.
Industry Rating: R
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter