The Operative

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Diane Kruger delivers an appropriately steely performance, but The Operative pursues a forgettable mission that fans of the genre will find all too familiar.



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The Operative follows the story of Rachel (Diane Kruger), a rogue spy from Israel's feared national intelligence force Mossad, vanishes without a trace while attending her father's funeral in London. The only clue to her whereabouts is a cryptic phone call she places to her former handler Thomas (Martin Freeman), who is then summoned from Germany to Israel by Mossad. With Rachel's life immersed in her assignments as part of a vast espionage effort against Iran's nuclear program, Thomas must retrace her steps to determine what threats she may now pose to their operation, while also working to protect her.


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Critic Reviews for The Operative

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (18)

  • A solidly crafted if forgettable espionage thriller.

    Aug 2, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • A serviceable but not stylish filmmaker, Adler shoots office spaces and restaurants in a blandly shadowy style redolent of peak TV.

    Aug 1, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Spy movies often revolve around the question of where loyalties lie, and this one puts an intriguing spin on that prospect.

    Feb 13, 2019 | Full Review…
  • A proficient but unsurprising espionage thriller from Israeli writer-director Yuval Adler that offers another well-fitted showcase for Diane Kruger's stern resolve as a performer.

    Feb 11, 2019 | Full Review…

    Guy Lodge

    Top Critic
  • There is bafflingly little that's exciting or even all that interesting in the story being told, and the performances themselves are opaque and disengaged.

    Feb 11, 2019 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Writer-director Yuval Adler connects the dots of the convoluted plot with reasonable clarity, but The Operative only intermittently builds suspense.

    Feb 11, 2019 | Full Review…

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