Joseph Conrad's 'The Secret Agent' (1996)




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The sophomore directing effort by Dangerous Liaisons screenwriter Christopher Hampton, following Carrington, The Secret Agent is a well-performed but dramatically sluggish adaptation of the novel by Joseph Conrad. Set in London during the late 1880s, the film centers around Verloc; owner of a small pornography shop, he is a spy in the service of the Russian government. Far from the glamorous modern image of the secret agent, Verloc is a mere functionary who writes regular reports on a group of … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
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Written By: Christopher Hampton
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 7, 2005
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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Critic Reviews for Joseph Conrad's 'The Secret Agent'

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (7)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | November 8, 1996
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
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January 22, 2002
Washington Post
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Full Review… | May 22, 2001
Los Angeles Times
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Audience Reviews for Joseph Conrad's 'The Secret Agent'

Let's review: Christian Bale plays a retard who gets blown up by a bomb, Bob Hoskins gets knifed in the chest, Eddie Izzard has the worst Russian accent of all time, Robin Williams is uncredited and plays a terrorist, and Patricia Arquette plays a brittish woman making her terrible teeth acceptable. What's the point of all this? Nobody knows. A bunch of stuff happens and then the movie ends, but it wasn't un-enjoyable.

Curtis Lilly

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Maintains interest with story and great cast.

Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer

Incredible cast, and incredibly disjointed story. They should have chucked the script and kept with Robin William's mad bomber character...

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