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  • Series Premiere Date: Nov 19, 2018
The Little Drummer Girl Image
Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics What's this?

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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: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  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: Guy Lodge
    Oct 15, 2018
    90
    The results, at least based on the two episodes newly premiered at the London Film Festival, are pretty damn fabulous. ... The first two episodes of Michael Lesslie and Claire Wilson’s tart teleplay patiently spin out revelations of false identity and true political motivation, so that we might fall as hard Charlie does for Becker’s inscrutable, self-professedly “dodgy” charms, before doubling back with some withheld secrets of her own.
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    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Nov 8, 2018
    80
    Ambiguities and romantic complications abound as Pugh keeps us guessing where Charlie's loyalties will ultimately lie. [12-25 Nov 2018, p.11]
  4. 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.
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Nov 16, 2018
    80
    Park and this series really blur the lines between actress, spy, and terrorist, noting how much all three rely on scripted narratives to accomplish their goals. It’s another high-profile mini-series that rewards the patient, and further proof of its director’s international importance.
  6. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Nov 16, 2018
    75
    Another fine Le Carré adaptation but not quite as fun as 2016's "The Night Manager."
  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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