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Operation Finale Reviews

August 31, 2018
Ben Kingsley's serene, "everybody sh*ts" reading of the character is a source of illumination around which everything else in the picture revolves.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 30, 2018
The markings here are of a fiery potboiler, but "Operation Finale" never ignites.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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August 30, 2018
It's in the movie's lengthy middle sequence of verbal sparring between Malkin and Eichmann that Operation Finale comes into its own.
August 30, 2018
The pacing is off from the first scenes, thick with exposition but skimpy on clarity.
August 30, 2018
A compelling if somewhat low-key historical thriller, elevated by fine performances from Kingsley and Isaac.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 29, 2018
At its best, it's something to watch if nothing's on The History Channel; at its worst, [it's] a borderline banal representation of the banality of evil.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 29, 2018
As a more complete retelling of a particular moment of history... the film is a diverting watch, anchored with enough of Weitz's intriguing personal touches to keep it from feeling like a glorified History Channel special.
August 29, 2018
Overall, Operation Finale tells its story without grossly distorting history and does so in a manner that engages an audience for its two hour running time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 29, 2018
Yes, Malkin grabbed Eichmann, but the film about how it all went down does not return the favor.
August 29, 2018
Without a cogent plot or compelling action, it's like a long story told to you by the least interesting person in the bar.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
August 29, 2018
Operation Finale, despite its other elaborations on the historical record, is engrossing and a little moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 29, 2018
Operation Finale is gripping and involving - but more often, the story slows to a crawl and actually becomes less involving just when we should be holding our breath.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 29, 2018
It's neither great nor terrible, neither stylish nor unsexy, but exists in some serviceable compromise between both extremes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 28, 2018
A respectful chronicle of retribution, one that's suspenseful while resisting sensationalism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 28, 2018
What ultimately makes Operation Finale worth watching, if not exactly riveting, is the interplay between captor and prisoner.
August 28, 2018
To say Mr. Kingsley's performance is more than Eichmann deserves, of course, is really not saying anything -- it's a sturdy film, albeit about a shaky subject.
August 28, 2018
Rather than the cagey, caged mastermind who later would play dumb at trial, this Eichmann is just another movie bad guy - and Operation Finale is just another movie.
August 28, 2018
Fails to measure up to the deep historical impact of the events it depicts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 28, 2018
A well-made spy thriller replete with scenes of secret surveillance, faked passports and hairbreadth escapes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 28, 2018
It's a story very worth telling, told pretty well, with self-evident virtues and obvious limitations.
August 27, 2018
The acting is great, but screenwriter Matthew Orton's attempts to give the film the philosophical heft that it deserves fall somewhat short.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 24, 2018
This ostensibly historical account feels resoundingly Hollywood-phony.
Full Review | Original Score: C
August 24, 2018
Despite clichéd depictions of Nazi atrocities, the movie persuasively evokes, with its wealth of details, the slender threads on which historical events-and historical truth-depend.
August 22, 2018
The drama benefits from a strong cast and can easily replace 1996's The Man Who Captured Eichmann as the go-to dramatization of this episode.
August 22, 2018
The reason the movie works as well as it does is its two stars: Oscar Isaac and Ben Kingsley.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
August 22, 2018
The film is hobbled by a vision of Adolf Eichmann that doesn't find a way to touch his interior life so much as it preserves his mystique as an office manager in evil wolf's clothing.
August 22, 2018
"Operation Finale" doesn't feel ambiguous so much as it feels like it lacks a point of view.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
August 22, 2018
Kingsley isn't an ideal match for the mild-mannered murderer who inspired Hannah Arendt to coin the phrase "the banality of evil." But like the rest of the cast, he holds our attention even when the movie buckles under the burden of earnest intentions.