UNDERRATED: 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy'

It's a little puzzling in a best picture category big enough to nominate "War Horse" and "Midnight in Paris" that there was no room for this taut, almost startlingly grown-up thriller. A contender for adapted screenplay, for original score and for Gary Oldman's understated performance as a crafty espionage vet, the film deserved more notice for its oppressively brown '70s sets and the careful direction from "Let the Right One In's" Tomas Alfredson.
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