Wife of a Spy

critic Reviews

, 88% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • A finely calibrated WWII-era thriller, Wife of a Spy delicately balances the weight of national loyalty against our moral obligations to our fellow human beings.
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    Amy NicholsonFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    It's a great movie about fear, paranoia, and trying to do the right thing.
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    Robert DanielsLos Angeles Times
    With "Wife of a Spy," a melodramatic wartime period piece, prolific Japanese horror director Kiyoshi Kurosawa, known for balancing psychological thrills with introspective meditations, is discovering a different, more mysterious ground.
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    John PowersNPR
    Wife of a Spy takes time getting going, but it is immaculately turned, from its superb acting and exquisite cinematography to its finely-tooled plotting.
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    Nina Li CoomesChicago Reader
    Director Kiyoshi Kurosawa beautifully and methodically renders the story of a married couple plunged into uncertainty in the days leading up to World War II.
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    Simon AbramsRogerEbert.com
    Wife of a Spy piles on too much unnecessary information, making it impossible to get lost in its plot's distracting convolutions.
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    Sara Michelle FettersMovieFreak.com
    While Wife of a Spy is about as far away from Pulse or Cure as you could likely get, the gifted filmmaker still creates a wickedly upsetting aura of tension and suspense whenever he sets his mind to do so.
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    Serena ScateniHyperallergic
    A slow-burn, Machiavellian film that's peculiarly hung up on appearances.
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    Diane CarsonKDHX (St. Louis)
    Hats off, then, to courageous films, nonfiction or scripted, that acknowledge egregious historical transgressions, and, even more rare, to find a way to incorporate admission in a dramatically compelling work.
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    Robert HortonThe Scarecrow
    Does not look like a film about darkness; indeed, everything in this movie seems drenched in light made of cream, a kind of glow that affects the production design and costuming so much it becomes heady.
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    Ron WilkinsonIt's Just Movies
    Slow compared to an American pot-boiler, this story has enough soul for any two of the usual spy movies.
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