The Secret Agent
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The sophomore directing effort by Dangerous Liaisons screenwriter Christopher Hampton, following Carrington, The Secret Agent is a well-performed but dramatically sluggish adaptation of the novel by Joseph Conrad. Set in London during the late 1880s, the film centers around Verloc; owner of a small pornography shop, he is a spy in the service of the Russian government. Far from the glamorous modern image of the secret agent, Verloc is a mere functionary who writes regular reports on a group of exiled anarchists he has infiltrated and does little else. The changing political mood, however, has… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Drab and inept version of the great 1907 novel by Joseph Conrad on terrorism."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A nostalgic sleepy and literate period piece spy drama that periodically captures your attention when least expected. Not as stimulating as one could imagine but nevertheless credible"
‑ Frank Ochieng,
"An underrated historical thriller... watch for Robin Williams in a very creepy cameo."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
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