Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation | Release Date: November 8, 1996 CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION
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METASCORE
Mixed or average reviews based on 17 Critics
Positive:
5
Mixed:
6
Negative:
6
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A dense, faithful and absorbing adaptation of the Joseph Conrad's 1907 novel. [08 Nov 1996]
75
Baltimore SunStephen Hunter
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]
75
This new version is quite faithful to Conrad's novel, not only in content but also in tone. [13 Dec 1996]
50
On screen, the result feels stagey and cramped, as though the film had been "adjusted for your TV set" before going to video. [13 Dec 1996]
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]
30
Washington PostDesson Howe
The Secret Agent, with its hemmed-in shots, feels like a TV production; what is said takes precedence over what is done. Even in the writing department, Hampton founders. [06 Dec 1996]
25
Hampton's directorial inexperience shows, and the film remains curiously disjointed and devoid of suspense. [06 Dec 1996]