Enigma (2002)



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

Movie Info

An old-fashioned spy thriller in the vein of 1940s espionage movies and based on an international best-selling novel, Enigma stars Dougray Scott as Tom Jericho, a young mathematics expert who was a central force in the decoding of a Nazi network and has just been released from a sanitarium for an apparent nervous breakdown. He is put back to work in Britain in 1943, where he is called upon to regear their computer system and determine a new German code. If he fails to discover the information, … More

Rating: R (for a sex scene and language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Tom Stoppard
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 24, 2002
Box Office: $3.8M
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as Hester Wallace

as Tom Jericho

as Claire Romilly

as Admiral Trowbridge

as Skynner

as Proudfoot

as Kingcome

as De Brooke

as Upjohn

as Villiers

as Commander Hammerbeck

as Villiers

as Mrs. Armstrong

as Heaviside

as U-Boat Commander

as Duty Clerk

as Land Army Girl

as Duty Clerk

as Lady Lodger

as RAF Corporal

as Bletchley Brain

as Male Lodger

as RAF Officer
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Critic Reviews for Enigma

All Critics (121) | Top Critics (37)

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

Full Review… | November 4, 2002
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

Not enigmatically at all, it pleases and teases us -- in high style.

Full Review… | July 20, 2002
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

WWII drama has excellent performances; ok for 15+.

Full Review… | December 24, 2010
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.

Full Review… | September 24, 2010

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.

Full Review… | June 22, 2006

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

Full Review… | June 25, 2004

Audience Reviews for Enigma

Decent retelling of the real life story of the cracking of the Enigma code

Stuart Brooks

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.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer

Thriller about Britain's secret code breakers during World War II. Kate is great in this movie.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

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