The Debt
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The espionage thriller begins in 1997, as shocking news reaches retired Mossad secret agents Rachel (Helen Mirren) and Stephan (Tom Wilkinson) about their former colleague David (Ciarán Hinds). All three have been venerated for decades by their country because of the mission that they undertook back in 1966, when the trio (portrayed, respectively, by Jessica Chastain, Marton Csokas, and Sam Worthington tracked down Nazi war criminal Vogel (Jesper Christensen) in East Berlin. At great risk, and at considerable personal cost, the team's mission was accomplished - or was it? The suspense… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"'The Debt' tackles themes of humanity, revenge and truth so successfully it's hard not to find it powerful - even if it's not the Oscar bait it might have hoped to be."
‑ Anna Smith, Time Out
"Vogel's introduction, 'This is my hand, and this is the speculum,' may at last have displaced the 'Is it safe?' of Christian Szell--another Mengele stand-in--as the most discomfiting sentence ever uttered by doctor to patient onscreen."
‑ Christopher Orr, The Atlantic
"Younger audiences will likely find The Debt too slow for their liking, but what it lacks in realistic casting it gains in meatily plotted espionage and weighty drama."
‑ Glenn Dunks, Trespass
"A taut, historical thriller about the capture of one of Nazism's most evil."
‑ Tom Glasson, Concrete Playground
"Audiences will see a couple of intended surprises coming but the lack of surprise doesn't detract from how these moments affect the characters and serve the larger story."
‑ Ben Kendrick, ScreenRant
"After a gripping first half, turns into one howler after another. And yet it's still gripping."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Worthington shows a greater range and vulnerability here than he did in either Avatar or Clash of the Titans, where he mostly just flexed his pecs. He may be a genuine movie star yet."
‑ Leah Rozen, TheWrap
"A taut and complex thriller, this movie won't be easy for forget."
‑ John Hanlon, Big Hollywood
"The Debt may have its flaws, but thanks to some strong performances and gripping moments, it's worth investing in."
‑ Kristal Cooper, We Got This Covered
"If you were looking for a thrilling and immersing story of bravery based on the synopsis of the film, sadly you won't find it here."
‑ Jeff Beck,
"There is an awkward, irresoluble tension between the movie's urge to thrill and the weighty pull of the historical obligations that it seeks to assume. How much, to be blunt, should we be enjoying ourselves?"
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"Rather than focus on the evil of the Nazi villain, it wallows in the collective regret of three Israeli Mossad agents who in 1966 let the bad guy slip away when they had him in their clutches."
‑ Michael Granberry, Dallas Morning News
"Tense, intelligent entertainment. That's rare, and that is more than enough."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"What really dazzles here are the action beats - the getaway gone wrong, the shocking moments of violence."
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"Deftly balances genre demands with character-driven drama."
‑ Michael Dequina,
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