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



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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.

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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
Rosie Thomson
as Duty Clerk
Emma Buckley
as Land Army Girl
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 (106) | Top Critics (32)

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

    Nov 4, 2002 | Rating: B
  • Not enigmatically at all, it pleases and teases us -- in high style.

    Jul 20, 2002 | Rating: 3/4
  • It arrives with an impeccable pedigree, mongrel pep, and almost indecipherable plot complications.

    Jun 6, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • 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.

    Jun 1, 2002 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The combined talents of Apted, Stoppard and the stellar cast make Enigma a puzzle worth solving.

    May 31, 2002 | Rating: 3/4

Audience Reviews for Enigma

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

Stuart Brooks
Stuart Brooks

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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.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

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

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer


Proficient but dull thriller let down by an unengaging lead.

Gordon Anderson
Gordon Anderson

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