"In an inspired bit of casting, Jeff Goldblum — whose own stop-start delivery mixes well with Hartley's trademark deadpan banter — joins the party as a U.S. government agent who persuades Fay to travel to Europe to collect several missing volumes of Henry's "Confessions" which have unexpectedly emerged. On the continent, Fay becomes a pinball pawn bouncing among a slew of foreign agents and assassins, including Saffron Burrows as a long-legged Israeli and Hartley regular Elina Löwensohn as a shadowy figure of dubious origin. The films of Hartley have always been lyrical, full of harmonious touches ranging from the rhythm of his dialogue, and the quality of his visual compositions to the music he uses, often composed by the writer-director himself under the name Ned Rifle. They also often follow an almost absurdist formalism. Although "Fay Grim" is clearly of a piece with his previous films, it marks new generic territory for the filmmaker. "Amateur" had aspects of the Hitchcockian thriller, but this film feels like Hartley has been handed a Bourne or a Bond movie to direct and maintained his own style and low-budget aesthetic while thoroughly enjoying and deconstructing his new toy."