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Hidden Agenda Reviews

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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.
Cole Smithey
October 10, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
December 18, 2004
| Original Score: B
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
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5

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
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Entertainment Weekly
September 11, 1990
Full Review | Original Score: B+

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.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
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