Hidden Agenda
Hidden Agenda (1990)

Hidden Agenda takes place in Belfast, Northern Ireland during the early '80s and is about a British police officer (Brian Cox) and an American human rights activist (Frances McDormand) who attempt to uncover the truth about the murders… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 16, 2002
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Though it attempts to make an acceptable theatrical entertainment out of a complex political saga, Hidden Agenda lacks bigscreen impact.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

Ken Loach's Hidden Agenda must be the most buttoned-down movie about a conspiracy theory ever made.

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Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

It's made with the flaggelatory ardour that Ken Loach brings to all his films, a hard edged realism pounded into the mortar of cinema with naturalism

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Stephen Garrett
Time Out

There's plenty of evidence of Loach's undiminished power as a film-maker, and equally ample evidence that something is very rotten in the state of Northern Ireland.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Its own terms and for much of the way, this is a superior thriller.

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Christopher Null

Made in 1990, it feels and looks like it's from 1980. Frances McDormand is an especially snoozy disappointment in a woefully miscast role.

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Caryn James
New York Times

This quietly explosive film comes to resonate more loudly than melodrama.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Well-intentioned, but rather murky.

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Gripping stuff, even if the outbreak of peace in Northern Ireland has somewhat blunted the message.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
John Ballantine
A Ken Loach film without a great deal of hype but I would highly recommend searching through the older film rack to take a look at this one.

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