The Agent
The Agent (2008)

Disgraced CIA agent John Law has hit rock bottom after blowing his latest assignment. Forced out - he lands back in his hometown of San Francisco working as - a tour guide. On his first day Law meets a sexy, mysterious Asian woman and a… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Nina Caplan
Time Out

Beck does his best, and the dialogue crackles pleasantly, but he's a caricature: a lying, cheating smear of ordure who doesn't even like books. But his sin is worse than that - it's fiction's biggest. He's boring.

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Neil Smith
Film4

Lesley Manning's film never shakes off its theatrical roots but still manages to be sharp, funny and engrossing.

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Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

The advances up for grabs date the script instantly to a jollier time for publishing, but it's more of a bummer that Lesley Manning's direction is of the plonk-the-camera-anywhere variety.

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Nikki Baughan
Little White Lies

As a piece of small-scale British filmmaking it's an interesting enough diversion.

Toby Young
Times [UK]

The Agent never really transcends its roots as a two-hander for the stage, but the director Lesley Manning does a good job of keeping things moving and production values are top notch.

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Rob Daniel
Sky Movies

A labour of love and principle, right down to the uncommerical ending, its message does lodge in the mind.

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David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

A quite unsexy subject handled quite adeptly, with pretty decent performances.

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Peter Bradshaw
Guardian

I found something a little verbose and stagey in this story in movie form.

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Simon Kinnear
Total Film

While unmistakably a stage adaptation, Martin Wagner's droll dialogue makes the cut-and-thrust reasonably dynamic, even if Wagner's barbs about the parlous state of modern publishing will surprise no one.

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