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  • Summary: Airing on consecutive nights, the three-part miniseries based on John le Carré's novel of the same name is set in the 1970s where a chance encounter in Greece between Charlie (Florence Pugh), an actress on vacation and a mysterious man named Becker (Alexander Skarsgård), becomes much more asAiring on consecutive nights, the three-part miniseries based on John le Carré's novel of the same name is set in the 1970s where a chance encounter in Greece between Charlie (Florence Pugh), an actress on vacation and a mysterious man named Becker (Alexander Skarsgård), becomes much more as she becomes part of high stakes spy plot masterminded by Martin Kurtz (Michael Shannon). Expand
  • Genre(s): Drama, Movie/Mini-Series, Action & Adventure

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Nov 14, 2018
    91
    The director’s excitement crosses over for the audience. Like many of le Carré’s other international relations studies, The Little Drummer Girl can be as burdened by specifics; however, this limited series finds inventive and eye-catching ways to convey its spycraft. Despite all the lies, games, performances, and plays, these characters have an authenticity that guts you.
  2. Reviewed by: Katie Rife
    Nov 19, 2018
    83
    The Little Drummer Girl prefers to gloss over the messy complexities of Middle Eastern politics entirely, enamored as it is with the intimate realm of romance and the intellectual realm of ethics and identity. Combined, they produce something that’s a bit sluggish as a spy story, but sublime as a work of auteurist art.
  3. Reviewed by: Allison Keene
    Nov 15, 2018
    80
    It’s Pugh who really carries the miniseries with her boldness and charm, fully commanding the screen and giving a deeply natural and genuine performance as an amateur spy caught between two worlds.
  4. Reviewed by: Mark Dawidziak
    Nov 19, 2018
    80
    While Pugh, Skarsgard and Shannon hit vastly different emotional notes, each finds the shadings and conflicts that make these characters more and more compelling as the plot gets thicker, the players dig deeper and the stakes get higher. It is, Pugh, however, who makes the grandest impression in what is both a star and star-making turn. You might find yourself quibbling with some of Park’s direction, but never with Pugh’s performance.
  5. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Nov 16, 2018
    75
    Another fine Le Carré adaptation but not quite as fun as 2016's "The Night Manager."
  6. Entertainment Weekly
    Reviewed by: Darren Franich
    Nov 21, 2018
    75
    Come for the sumptuous style, stay for the Syriana-ish espionage quagmire. [30 Nov 2018, p.46]
  7. Reviewed by: Stephen Dalton
    Oct 15, 2018
    50
    The globe-trotting locations are equally lavish [as the Night Manager] and the cinematic visuals no less lush, but some of the key roles feel miscast, while the stretched-out plot drags in places. The dialogue is also strangely tin-eared, perhaps because Park is not a native English speaker and misses some of the off-key nuances.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Dec 16, 2018
    9
    Great story and acting. This is a fine adaptation of the book,. Highly recommended.
  2. Dec 1, 2018
    9
    Fine adaptation that truly captures le Carre's ambiguity towards espionage. The star power is replaced by brilliant acting.
  3. Nov 20, 2018
    8
    The first "night" (the first 2.5 hours or so) have been highly intriguing. It's not quite as tough to follow as most John Le Carre storiesThe first "night" (the first 2.5 hours or so) have been highly intriguing. It's not quite as tough to follow as most John Le Carre stories are. Certainly better than Tinker Tailor.... that put me to sleep instantly. The young female lead is really good, as is Eric Northman. Expand

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