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  • Summary: Exposed during an illegal arms trade gone wrong in Berlin, a North Korean agent finds himself in the crosshairs of an international manhunt. Not knowing if he was betrayed by his wife or his country, he must prepare to make the ultimate sacrifice.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Maggie Lee
    Feb 19, 2013
    70
    The Berlin File boasts knockout action setpieces that provide an impressive big-budget showcase for Ryoo Seung-wan's technical smarts.
  2. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Feb 12, 2013
    70
    The Berlin File keeps narrative coherence far down on a priority list that privileges expertly choreographed hand-to-hand combat, hair-raising stunt work...and such familiar genre accoutrements as secret rooms hidden behind bookshelves, shiny metallic attaché cases, and pens concealing fast-acting vials of poison.
  3. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Feb 14, 2013
    70
    As soon as The Berlin File takes flight with its exhilarating action set pieces, memories of any muddles evaporate amid the tension and vivid engagement with settings, from courtyards to fields.
  4. Reviewed by: Rob Humanick
    Feb 14, 2013
    50
    The film is a sporadically entertaining, modestly ambitious shoot 'em up that frequently succumbs to spelling out its subtext.
  5. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Feb 14, 2013
    50
    There is something sharp, exciting and more original tucked within The Berlin File — and it is in moments a sleek, crackling film — but it all feels somehow misshapen.
  6. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Feb 12, 2013
    40
    Though the director includes a few brief humdingers — a fight that involves a Rube Goldberg–ish tangle of wires; some munitions-fueled mayhem in a farmhouse — it’s not enough to keep viewers from wishing they were thumbing through a John le Carré novel instead.
  7. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Feb 15, 2013
    40
    The story feels fairly perfunctory — not to mention unnecessarily knotty — but the well-connected leads do their best to ground it. And while this one falls far short of the “Bourne” films that serve as an influence, the intense action scenes consistently deliver some solid genre jolts.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Dec 29, 2013
    8
    A movie with great action and well written script. Gives a very realistic look on the relationship and tension between North and South. To shame it is a bit too similar to Skyfall and Bourne Trilogy. Expand
  2. Dec 14, 2013
    1
    This movie is terrible, with a well-done action at the opening this movie failed to deliver the puzzle. i watch the movie for 100 minutes and still dont understand what the hell is going on? Expand