The Berlin File
The Berlin File (2013)

A tense illegal arms deal in a Berlin hotel suddenly descends into mayhem after a "ghost" agent named Jong-seong (HA Jung-woo) appears on the scene. Secretly watching the deal go down is embattled South Korean intelligence chief… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 15, 2013
DVD Release Date: December 24, 2013
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Critic Score: 33% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times

There is something sharp, exciting and more original tucked within "The Berlin File" - and it is in moments a sleek, crackling film - but it all feels somehow misshapen.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

The story feels fairly perfunctory - not to mention unnecessarily knotty - but the well-connected leads do their best to ground it.

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Chris Sawin

Even though there's moments of exciting action and the reassembling of a government hierarchy violently taking place in front of you, The Berlin File is strapped to its restraints by its slow, meandering pace.

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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times

As soon as "The Berlin File" takes flight with its exhilarating action set pieces, memories of any muddles evaporate amid the tension and vivid engagement with settings, from courtyards to fields.

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Scott Foundas
Village Voice

[A] formulaic but solid Cold War-style spy thriller, with North Korea pinch-hitting for the Soviet Union.

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Alan Bett
The Skinny

Retrospectively cold war in tone this provides action more brutal than balletic and the promise of a Bourne-style franchise in the making.

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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star

The Berlin File benefits from gritty surroundings that add a cold war realism to this otherwise confusing tale of conflicted loyalties and secret agendas.

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David Fear
Time Out

Everything here, except the action scenes, [feels] sluggish and rote.

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Craig Seligman
Bloomberg News

The movie offers just about all you could ask of a genre flick: poisonings, defections, a secret North Korean bank account, gloriously choreographed fights that go insanely over the top, febrile tension and doomy romance (but no sex).

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JY Skacto
Ryoo Seung-wan pulls out the agents and crosses them in <i>The Berlin File</i>.<p>Running nearly 2 hours, there is more than enough to follow… More