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The Ipcress File Reviews

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Kate Muir
Times (UK)
September 24, 2015
Michael Caine is the epitome of Sixties cool in his first outing as the secret agent Harry Palmer.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

TV Guide
April 20, 2010
The best part of the film is Caine's characterization.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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TIME Magazine
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.
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Variety Staff
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.
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
March 26, 2007
Embora inferior a Funeral em Berlim, que contaria com um roteiro melhor, o primeiro filme da série ainda funciona graças à direção de Furie, à atuação irônica de Caine e à forma curiosamente monótona com que o cotidiano da espionagem é retratado.
| Original Score: 3/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
December 8, 2006
Caine's the coolest anti-007 ever ...
| Original Score: 4/5
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
Caine, Zulu under his belt and Alfie ahead, is the cheeky working class but aspirational bright spark hero par excellence, captured at the exact moment he became a star.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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.
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
January 25, 2006
The coolest secret agent of them all
| Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
January 14, 2006
Caine's star-quality and absolute ease in front of the camera are fully formed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Leyland
January 10, 2006
Caine in his bespectacled prime...
Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online
May 13, 2004
A vintage performance from Caine as anti-Bond Harry Palmer keeps this from becoming a period relic.
| Original Score: 3/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 6, 2004
Offers a far more authentic view of the morally ambivalent world of espionage than most spy thrillers.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 20, 2003
The Ipcress File is as classy a spy film as you could ask to see.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
May 20, 2003
Flashy direction, convoluted plot, great performances from Caine, Green, and Dole.
| Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Null
January 20, 2002
Goofy fun, but hardly a classic. James Bond, you ain't got nothin'!
| Original Score: 3/5
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
The Ipcress File is great fun because it's smart, realistic, and irreverent without being full of itself.
| Original Score: 85/100
Cole Smithey
February 21, 2008
| Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
August 7, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
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