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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, the war's largest convoy of Allied ships heading to Great Britain from the U.S. will be targets for massing Nazi U-boats. Jericho learns of a possible traitor who has tipped off the Germans of the code-cracking, and who may be in the form of Claire (Saffron Burrows), a sexy blonde who has disappeared and who was once his girlfriend. Jericho must now, with the aid of an intuitive clerk (Kate Winslet), calm his infatuation with Claire, who may be his undoing, as well as single-handedly finish his assigned task, which has been said to take an entire team about one year's time. Directed by veteran filmmaker Michael Apted, written by Oscar-winning scribe Tom Stoppard, and co-starring Jeremy Northam, Tom Hollander, and Robert Pugh, this is the first collaboration of high-profile producers Mick Jagger and Lorne Michaels, the former producing under his production company Jagged Films.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
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Kate Winslet
as Hester Wallace
Dougray Scott
as Tom Jericho
Saffron Burrows
as Claire Romilly
Corin Redgrave
as Admiral Trowbridge
Robert Pugh
as Skynner
Ian Felce
as Proudfoot
Paul Rattray
as Kingcome
Richard Katz
as De Brooke
Tom Fisher
as Upjohn
Nicholas Rowe
as Villiers
Angus MacInnes
as Commander Hammerbeck
Nicolas Rowe
as Villiers
Mary MacLeod
as Mrs. Armstrong
Tim Bentinck
as U-Boat Commander
Rosie Thompson
as Duty Clerk
Emma Buckley
as Land Army Girl
Rosie Thomson
as Duty Clerk
Mirjam De Rooij
as Lady Lodger
Adrian Preater
as RAF Corporal
Edward Woodall
as Bletchley Brain
Hywel Simons
as Male Lodger
Martin Glyn Murray
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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