Secret Agent
Secret Agent (1936)

Based on the novels of W. Somerset Maugham, The Secret Agent is the second in a trilogy of Alfred Hitchcock spy movies (along with The 39 Steps and Sabotage). Set during WWI, John Gielgud plays British novelist Edgar Brodie who discovers… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 7, 2003
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The film has a fine cast and a fine look -- shot in the Swiss Alps, much of it makes use of unusual white-on-white compositions.

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Variety Staff

Secret Agent dallies much on the way but rates as good spy entertainment, suave story telling, and, in one particular case, brilliant characterization.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

John Gielgud might not be everyone's ideal Hitchcock hero, and contemporary critics were quick to point out his lack of derring-do, but, in fact, he acquits himself admirably in this engaging thriller.

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TIME Magazine

Directed by England's pudgy master of melodrama, Alfred Hitchcock, Secret Agent is a first-rate sample of his knack of achieving speed by never hurrying, horror by concentrating on the prosaic.

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B.R. Crisler
New York Times

The picture as a whole is marred by inexpert camera technique, film editing whose incorrectness hits one between the eyes, and strangely uneven sound recording.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Secret Agent bursts with not-so-hidden sexual innuendos and a heavy dose of comic dialogue, as well as Lorre's unrestrained lunatic comic performance.

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Michael Sragow
New Yorker

One of the weirdest movies Alfred Hitchcock ever made.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

This thriller may not be one of Hitchcock's best English films, but it is full of startling set pieces and quirky characterisation.

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MFB Critics
Monthly Film Bulletin

There is much to be said for the technical quality and finish of this film; but the puzzling indeterminacy of outlook which pervades it makes it less than a completed whole.

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Flixster Audience Score: 49% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
Well, considering that this was based on some works by W. Somerset Maugham, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, and starred John Gielgud and Peter Lorre that it would… More
Bruce Bruce
You have to love really classic Hitchcock to enjoy this. The usual Hitchcock Twist, easy to guess as I did half way through. Its from 1936, opening Credits,… More
Aj V
I love Lorre, but his character wasn't that great in this movie. Plus, I didn't get the plot. Maybe I should see it again, but the movie quality is… More
Mike T.
Very stylishly shot and lit - better to look at than to listen to.
jay nixon
Decent early Hitchcock with all his classic elements here but also still in their nascent form. As with most of his beginning films the picture itself is very… More
Brian R
I don't really know what to make of this picture. It is not one of Hitchcock's best or is it any thrilling. All I know is that it is a spy drama set… More