The Russia House (1990) - Drama, Romance, Thriller

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An expatriate British publisher unexpectedly finds himself working for British intelligence to investigate people in Russia.

IMDB: 6.1
Director: Fred Schepisi
Stars: Sean Connery, Michelle Pfeiffer
Length: 123 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 18 out of 71 found boring (25.35%)

One-line Reviews (69)

in fact,i found it boring and hard to follow.

The kind of flick they play on airplanes so you'll fall asleep and keep your mouth shut until landing.

Ho-Hum Spy Caper; Quite Disappointing .

As a great admirer of John Le Carre, I watched this film with high expectations & although the story wasn't the usual Le Carre (such as 'The Spy Who Came In From The Cold'), I enjoyed it immensely.

It is a little bit of a bore.

worth watching if one does not read much.

Because it's mainly scenes of people talking, the film veers from interesting to tedious, depending on the quality of the conversation being had at the moment.

Directed by Fred Schepisi, "The Russia House" should be more like "The Russia Bore".

A total waste of time, frankly - poorly scripted, and appallingly directed.

It is a rattling good tale, and well worth the watch today.

Some of the positive reviews say it's worth watching it because of the way St Petersburg is shown, but having to put up with a weak, unfocused and uneventful plot, with the worst possible editing job and an improvable production job, is just not worth it.

Boring melancholy, at that.

)Everyone is so dry and drab in this film that even the over-the-top, ambiguously homosexual whatever-the-hell-his-job-was comic relief guy is tortuous.

This is much like "Cuba", another bore from him from over a decade earlier.

Slow Pacing - James Bond This Is Not .

It's thrilling and exciting in the way of an espionage thriller.

Booooring, pretentious, confusing, pointless.

" Connery is entertaining and engaging in every frame, truly inhabiting Barley as an original character.

If it had been a little easier to follow, it would have left more room for dramatic tension, which was adequate but seldom riveting.

Unfortunately what they got was one two hour long boring story.

Connery was definitely On His Majesty's Secret Snore-fest here.

The film is produced and directed by Australian filmmaker Fred Schipisi, notable for the excellent and psychodynamic Six Degrees of Separation and the fulsomely enjoyable Roxanne.

Pretty pointless movie!

Endlessly tiresome and confusing .

But this movie is mainly worth watching for the engaging lead performances by Connery and Pfeiffer, even though (or perhaps because) they play their characters quite differently than they were drawn in the book.

Nice Russian cityscapes, but the musical soundtrack drones on endlessly in the background.

If only some of the more suspenseful scenes (they weren't that suspenseful) were shot to be suspenseful, even just for the cause to be suspenseful, this movie would have been much better and I would have rated it sure above 5 points.

One of those flicks where you can fall asleep for 10 minutes and then wake up with the feeling that you haven't missed anything.

They would find tweed exciting.

Make sure all the windows are closed, the children are in bed, your bladder is empty...

Jerry Goldsmith wrote a compelling and sexy set of themes which are used to great effect in this film.

Some people have commented that this is a rather dry movie or the plot is hard to follow.

It does have some captivating moments, but overall, the slow pace & a half-baked Adapted Screenplay, act as a disadvantage.

Films that require you to pay close attention to every little detail and have a complex plot from the outset can generally be thrust into one of two categories: Stimulating and intellectual, or potential insomnia cures.

Definitely not a James Bondesque flick, this one shows what true intelligence gathering is all about; an often boring wait and watch process.

Slow and cerebral .

I found the movie riveting; the plot keeps you guessing until the end.

This is a classic cold war movie with an excellent plot, and fascinating characters played by some really good American and British actors.

The pacing is slooooooooooow, the dialogue is ponderous and pretentious, e.

The principals and cinematography are riveting.

Another fascinating aspect is where Russell says that the information could take away the "rice bowls" of some very important people.

Slow, tedious....

where nothing much happens, but peril is part of the fabric of mundane life.

and there were many predictable moments as well.

Wow, really breathtaking stuff.

And too long, nothing happens in two hours.

A slow paced movie with excellent music and two shining actors .

Slow moving but enjoyable espionage story .

It is a failure of a story with ultra-slow pacing and devoid of needed tension.

The supporting cast do a good job in creating a suspenseful atmosphere.

Turgid and tedious.

As with Mr. Le Carre's writing the movie is slow and deliberately paced, letting the plot slowly sink in, and not explode in your face.

The filming of Russia is stunning and real.

exciting stuff.

Pointless .

The plot itself won't engage you, but it may keep your mind from wandering too much, or your body from falling asleep.

Simply put, this is very dull stuff.

It's only the morning after finishing one of his novels, or the hour after watching a movie adaptation such as this, that one's head begins to throb with the bitter, pointless, imbecility of his world view.

Zzzzzzzzzzzzz .

Goldsmith score is romantic as well as thrilling and wraps the scenes like a glove!

This movie is worth watching on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

Spy movies can be so boring.

He tried to make some melancholy and drama by forcing a slow pace and long shots.

Russia House is still a quality, enjoyable drama with a great cast, even if it's somewhat ponderous and slow-moving, and complex.

But as I said The Russia House is a pointless movie.

There's much languid talk about politics, international trade, the Cold War, espionage...

All in all an absolutely fascinating movie for someone who has some background knowledge of the Cold War.


While the story itself unfolds kinda slowly I still find it intriguing.