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Hidden Agenda Reviews

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TV Guide
March 30, 2009
Well-intentioned, but rather murky.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
Though it attempts to make an acceptable theatrical entertainment out of a complex political saga, Hidden Agenda lacks bigscreen impact.
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
January 9, 2009
It's made with the flaggelatory ardour that Ken Loach brings to all his films, a hard edged realism pounded into the mortar of cinema with naturalism
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Stephen Garrett
Time Out
June 24, 2006
There's plenty of evidence of Loach's undiminished power as a film-maker, and equally ample evidence that something is very rotten in the state of Northern Ireland.
Christopher Null
January 27, 2004
Made in 1990, it feels and looks like it's from 1980. Frances McDormand is an especially snoozy disappointment in a woefully miscast role.
| Original Score: 3/5

May 24, 2003
Gripping stuff, even if the outbreak of peace in Northern Ireland has somewhat blunted the message.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Caryn James
New York Times
May 20, 2003
This quietly explosive film comes to resonate more loudly than melodrama.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Dan Lybarger
Lawrence Journal-World
November 3, 2002
Hidden Agenda could be accused of being dogmatic (Loach's films frequently slam the U.K. government), but the director keeps a sense of gritty authenticity throughout.
| Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
July 30, 2002
Simplistic and unconvincing, but with some power
| Original Score: 3/5
Jamie Gillies
Apollo Guide
June 1, 2002
It's good for a watch but far from a perfect film.
Full Review | Original Score: 66/100
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Its own terms and for much of the way, this is a superior thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Ken Loach's Hidden Agenda must be the most buttoned-down movie about a conspiracy theory ever made.
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
The film is a bit slow and at times slightly strained, and there are moments when you'll be hard-pressed to understand all the dialogue -- but on the whole it is effective and chilling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Cole Smithey
October 10, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
December 18, 2004
| Original Score: B
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
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Entertainment Weekly
September 11, 1990
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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