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Enigma (2001)

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72

Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 105
Fresh: 76 | Rotten: 29

The well-crafted, twist-filled Enigma is a thinking person's spy thriller.

71

Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 31
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 9

The well-crafted, twist-filled Enigma is a thinking person's spy thriller.

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Average Rating: 3.2/5
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The true story of a major breakthrough in intelligence technology created during World War II provides the backdrop for this blend of mystery, romance, and espionage, based on the novel by Robert Harris. Tom Jericho (Dougray Scott) is a gifted mathematician who is working with the British government on the development and maintenance of the Enigma machine, an electronic device that allows Allied intelligence agents to decode scrambled messages sent by Germany military officers. But the

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Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Tom Stoppard

Sep 24, 2002

$3.8M

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All Critics (121) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (76) | Rotten (29) | DVD (17)

A complicated and intelligent British film with a curious roster of off-screen talent.

November 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Not enigmatically at all, it pleases and teases us -- in high style.

July 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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It arrives with an impeccable pedigree, mongrel pep, and almost indecipherable plot complications.

June 6, 2002
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Jericho and Hester spend so much time on investigative idylls in the damp spring countryside that spy work starts to seem like a military garden party.

June 1, 2002 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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Apted and his crew pull out all the stops to craft a thriller out of material that looks better on paper than it does on film.

May 31, 2002 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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WWII drama has excellent performances; ok for 15+.

December 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Tom Stoppard's script, inspired by historical events, commands attention with daring, dizzying twists, betrayals and manipulations. An intelligent examination of the dangerous impulse to categorize the unpredictable or unthinkable.

September 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Suite101.com
Suite101.com

Steeped in the tense atmopshere of Wartime Britain, Michael Apted's semi-Hitchcockian drama centers on the mysteries of code breaking while at the same time relates a noirish tale of love, obsession and betrayal.

June 22, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Tries to wed a wartime spy thriller with a noir mystery involving a femme fatale, which doesn't fully work.

June 25, 2004 Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

O roteiro é confuso em certos momentos e a edição (que inclui vários flashbacks) deixa a desejar, mas, no geral, é um filme interessante.

July 25, 2003
Cinema em Cena

Within a few weeks' time you'd forget ever having seen it at all . . .

May 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Gurus

For the great turns from Scott, Winslet and Northam and the timely reminder that the greatest acts of heroism are so often unsung, it deserves your attention.

February 26, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

A cleverly involving, slow-burning dramatic thriller.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

The mystery doesn't revolve solely around guessing who the bad guy is -- there's a historical and personal context to the whole thing -- and the thrills are more cerebral than visceral.

October 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies
Mark Reviews Movies

"Intelligence fails because it is human, no stronger than the power of one mind to read another, to divine its intent, to know the enemy." - NY Times.

October 2, 2002 Full Review

a History Channel pageant masquerading as a full-blooded film

September 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

The complex, demanding script tries to cover too many bases at once, but it succeeds better than one might expect.

September 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

The sort of film that makes me miss Hitchcock, but also feel optimistic that there's hope for popular cinema yet.

September 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

This romantic thriller is steeped in the atmosphere of wartime England, and ably captures the speech patterns, moral codes and ideals of the 1940s.

July 14, 2002 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

With a strong screenplay by Tom Stoppard, a first-rate cast, impeccable production design by John Beard, and wonderfully clever costume design by the late Shirley Russell, Enigma is Apted's finest film in years.

July 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Notable, alas, for providing the last film score from veteran British film composer John Barry (1933-2011).

June 27, 2002 Full Review Source: Movie Boeuf
Movie Boeuf

'Enigma' is the kind of engaging historical drama that Hollywood appears to have given up on in favor of sentimental war movies in the vein of 'We Were Soldiers.'

June 21, 2002 Full Review Source: Zap2it.com
Zap2it.com

An enticing romantic suspense drama of the sort Alfred Hitchcock once made, and stands up well to that high comparison.

June 21, 2002
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Audience Reviews for Enigma

Decent retelling of the real life story of the cracking of the Enigma code
October 7, 2009
stuartb1234

Super Reviewer

The story of the breaking of Nazi codes during World War 2 is surely an interesting topic. Sadly, this movie does not entirely live up to that promise. The look isn't exactly cinema standard, it often feels like a British TV movie with its soft-focus flashbacks. Those, while telling an aspect of the story that's important later on, cost the film some pace in the beginning. The overall good cast and the decent last 30 minutes still make for an entertaining movie, but somehow there was more potential in this. It left me a little too indifferent and will probably be forgotten pretty soon.
July 19, 2008
ironclad1609

Super Reviewer

Thriller about Britain's secret code breakers during World War II. Kate is great in this movie.
December 29, 2007
thmtsang
T Tsang

Super Reviewer

Proficient but dull thriller let down by an unengaging lead.
September 6, 2007
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