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The true story of a major breakthrough in intelligence technology created during World War II provides the backdrop for this blend of mystery, romance, and espionage, based on the novel by Robert Harris. Tom Jericho (Dougray Scott) is a gifted mathematician who is working with the British government on the development and maintenance of the Enigma machine, an electronic device that allows Allied intelligence agents to decode scrambled messages sent by Germany military officers. But the emotionally fragile Jericho is buckling under both the pressure of his work and the collapse of his… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A complicated and intelligent British film with a curious roster of off-screen talent."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Jericho and Hester spend so much time on investigative idylls in the damp spring countryside that spy work starts to seem like a military garden party."
‑ Paul Malcolm, L.A. Weekly
"Tom Stoppard's script, inspired by historical events, commands attention with daring, dizzying twists, betrayals and manipulations. An intelligent examination of the dangerous impulse to categorize the unpredictable or unthinkable."
‑ Nick Rogers, Suite101.com
"O roteiro é confuso em certos momentos e a edição (que inclui vários flashbacks) deixa a desejar, mas, no geral, é um filme interessante."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"A cleverly involving, slow-burning dramatic thriller."
‑ Rich Cline, Film Threat
"Not enigmatically at all, it pleases and teases us -- in high style."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Apted and his crew pull out all the stops to craft a thriller out of material that looks better on paper than it does on film."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Steeped in the tense atmopshere of Wartime Britain, Michael Apted's semi-Hitchcockian drama centers on the mysteries of code breaking while at the same time relates a noirish tale of love, obsession and betrayal."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Within a few weeks' time you'd forget ever having seen it at all . . ."
‑ James O'Ehley, Movie Gurus
"The mystery doesn't revolve solely around guessing who the bad guy is -- there's a historical and personal context to the whole thing -- and the thrills are more cerebral than visceral."
‑ Mark Dujsik, Mark Reviews Movies
"It arrives with an impeccable pedigree, mongrel pep, and almost indecipherable plot complications."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"WWII drama has excellent performances; ok for 15+."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Tries to wed a wartime spy thriller with a noir mystery involving a femme fatale, which doesn't fully work."
‑ Judith Egerton, Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
"For the great turns from Scott, Winslet and Northam and the timely reminder that the greatest acts of heroism are so often unsung, it deserves your attention."
‑ Harry Guerin, RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
""Intelligence fails because it is human, no stronger than the power of one mind to read another, to divine its intent, to know the enemy." - NY Times."
‑ Karina Montgomery, Cinerina
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