The central idea is a suspenseful masterstroke, as is the first hour. The last hour delivers a social-political commentary and a sex scene that oddly feels more Stockholm-Syndrome-ish than intendedly-romantic. Three Days of the Condor is much stronger when first relying only on its tension rather than deepening its characters and social commentary. As good as it is, it's still a case of not knowing quite what it is.
A slick middle-of-the-road paranoia thriller closer in spirit to the dopey delights of Charade than the impressionistic The Conversation. Nevertheless a good example of a businesslike project solidly realised by a dependable journeyman director; spiced with good playing, let down by a daft sex
scene (as much as Dunaway tries). Good fun all the same.
The romantic subplot has not the impact it should, it's trite, non transcendental, and the score is terribly dated.
On the other hand, the performances are believable, the shifting and twists keep you entertained, and Pollack's direction is top notch.
An uneven but entertaining conspiracy thriller with a misogynistic, throw-away role for Faye Dunaway. Max von Sydow's character provides the best scenes, and Robert Redford has great hair and wears jeans well.