The Ipcress File Reviews

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Top Critic
April 20, 2010
Ipcress proves again that one of the primal pleasures of moviegoing is a tingling, no-nonsense suspense yarn enlivened by honest good humor.
March 26, 2009
Caine skillfully resists any temptation he may have had to pep up the proceedings. In fact, his consistent underplaying adds considerably to the pull of the picture.
February 9, 2006
Deighton's plot is a mild headache of deceit and double-dealing that glides stylishly and with much wit around Caine's Sergeant Palmer, a cocky London bachelor and middle-ranking scion of the MoD's counter-espionage department.
May 20, 2003
The Ipcress File is as classy a spy film as you could ask to see.
July 16, 2019
It does smack a little of Bond-style technical gimmickry. But the spectacular violence and playboy-style sex of the Bond series has been avoided without any loss of entertainment value.
June 18, 2018
The Iperess File is a thriller set in a recognisable London where espionage is a seedy business conducted, not by impregnable Bonds, but by men as scared and venal as anyone else.
January 22, 2018
An easy film to criticise; but also an easy film to be amused by, at least as far as its central performances, its minor jokes, and its London locations are concerned.
September 24, 2015
Michael Caine is the epitome of Sixties cool in his first outing as the secret agent Harry Palmer.
April 20, 2010
Check out the scene where Caine and Green discuss the merits of button mushrooms and you'll appreciate that, as the actors have an excellent grasp of character, so the screenwriters have a superb eye for detail.
April 20, 2010
The best part of the film is Caine's characterization.
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