The Ipcress File
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Michael Caine made his first appearance as novelist Len Deighton's bespectacled British-spy Harry Palmer in The Ipcress File. Palmer has no real love of espionage, but he doesn't really know any other life. With studied insolence, he takes on the case of locating missing doctor Radcliffe (Aubrey Richards), who has in his possession a valuable file that would prove injurious to the Free World should it fall in the wrong hands. The government also fears that Radcliffe will be brainwashed by the enemy, as has happened to two previous British scientists. While Palmer is off doing everyone… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Ipcress proves again that one of the primal pleasures of moviegoing is a tingling, no-nonsense suspense yarn enlivened by honest good humor."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"The Ipcress File is as classy a spy film as you could ask to see."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Embora inferior a Funeral em Berlim, que contaria com um roteiro melhor, o primeiro filme da série ainda funciona graças à direção de Furie, à atuação irônica de Caine e à forma curiosamente monótona com que o cotidiano da espionagem é retratado."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"The coolest secret agent of them all"
‑ Lori Hoffman, Atlantic City Weekly
"A vintage performance from Caine as anti-Bond Harry Palmer keeps this from becoming a period relic."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Nitrate Online
"Caine skillfully resists any temptation he may have had to pep up the proceedings. In fact, his consistent underplaying adds considerably to the pull of the picture."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Check out the scene where Caine and Green discuss the merits of button mushrooms and you'll appreciate that, as the actors have an excellent grasp of character, so the screenwriters have a superb eye for detail."
‑ , Film4
"Caine's the coolest anti-007 ever ..."
‑ Carol Cling, Las Vegas Review-Journal
"Caine's star-quality and absolute ease in front of the camera are fully formed."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian [UK]
"Offers a far more authentic view of the morally ambivalent world of espionage than most spy thrillers."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Deighton's plot is a mild headache of deceit and double-dealing that glides stylishly and with much wit around Caine's Sergeant Palmer, a cocky London bachelor and middle-ranking scion of the MoD's counter-espionage department."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"The best part of the film is Caine's characterization."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Caine, Zulu under his belt and Alfie ahead, is the cheeky working class but aspirational bright spark hero par excellence, captured at the exact moment he became a star."
‑ Angie Errigo, Empire Magazine
"Caine in his bespectacled prime..."
‑ Matthew Leyland, BBC
"Flashy direction, convoluted plot, great performances from Caine, Green, and Dole."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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