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  • Summary: Based on Joseph Conrad's novel about a quiet English shopkeeper, a secret spy for the Russian Embassy, is ordered to plant a bomb that will wreak havoc on the British public. (Fox Searchlight)
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 17
  2. Negative: 6 out of 17
  1. A dense, faithful and absorbing adaptation of the Joseph Conrad's 1907 novel. [08 Nov 1996]
  2. Reviewed by: Stephen Hunter
    75
    The movie is full of macabre surprises. As good as Hoskins is as the little sweat-manufacturer caught in everybody's pliers, far better is Robin Williams in an unbilled appearance as a nihilist dynamiter. [13 Dec 1996]
  3. It's an utterly contemporary film that forces - and rewards - hard reflection on the nature of truth, goodness, and identity.
  4. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    40
    A dour study of terrorism, 1880s style, The Secret Agent represents an adaptation of Joseph Conrad's only London-based novel, the fidelity of which to the original text does not yield a terrifically exciting film.
  5. Fairly strong on period atmospherics, but it mainly adds up to yet another pointless adaptation of a literary standby.
  6. 30
    The best one can say for Christopher Hampton's dispirited adaptation of Joseph Conrad's The Secret Agent is that this weirdly sentimental movie might direct new attention to Conrad's corrosive novela satire. [12 Nov 1996]
  7. 25
    Hampton's directorial inexperience shows, and the film remains curiously disjointed and devoid of suspense. [06 Dec 1996]

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