Hidden Agenda
Hidden Agenda (1990)

This political thriller is set against the backdrop of Northern Ireland's "Troubles" and directed in the documentary fashion common to British filmmaker Ken Loach's films. Paul Sullivan (Brad Dourif) and Ingrid Jessner… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 11, 1990
DVD Release Date: April 16, 2002
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Though it attempts to make an acceptable theatrical entertainment out of a complex political saga, Hidden Agenda lacks bigscreen impact.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

Ken Loach's Hidden Agenda must be the most buttoned-down movie about a conspiracy theory ever made.

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Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

It's made with the flaggelatory ardour that Ken Loach brings to all his films, a hard edged realism pounded into the mortar of cinema with naturalism

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Stephen Garrett
Time Out

There's plenty of evidence of Loach's undiminished power as a film-maker, and equally ample evidence that something is very rotten in the state of Northern Ireland.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Its own terms and for much of the way, this is a superior thriller.

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Christopher Null

Made in 1990, it feels and looks like it's from 1980. Frances McDormand is an especially snoozy disappointment in a woefully miscast role.

Caryn James
New York Times

This quietly explosive film comes to resonate more loudly than melodrama.

TV Guide

Well-intentioned, but rather murky.

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Gripping stuff, even if the outbreak of peace in Northern Ireland has somewhat blunted the message.

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John Ballantine
A Ken Loach film without a great deal of hype but I would highly recommend searching through the older film rack to take a look at this one.

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