The Debt
The Debt (2011)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 31, 2011
DVD Release Date: December 6, 2011
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Critic Score: 76% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Its time-shifting narrative creates distracting casting problems, but ultimately, The Debt is a smart, well-acted entry in a genre that could use more like it.

Anna Smith
Time Out

'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.

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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic

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.

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Eleanor Ringel Cater
Saporta Report (Atlanta)

Whenever Mirren is around, everyone benefits.

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

After a gripping first half, turns into one howler after another. And yet it's still gripping.

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Leah Rozen

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.

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Hannah Brown
Jerusalem Post

The film does have some suspense and makes some interesting points about our need to make heroes out of flawed people; but in the end, even with this wonderful cast, it's still a disappointment.

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

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?

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Michael Granberry
Dallas Morning News

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.

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook

How can the film convincingly preach via Ms. Mirren's voice-over that truth is more valuable than justice while her character is exacting vengeance on screen?

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Flixster Audience Score: 66% Flixster User Reviews
Dan Schultz
An impressively shot but ultimately dissatisfying exercise in getting revenge on the Nazis for their crimes against humanity, with this story taking focus on a… More
Stuart Brooks
Good thriller with a good cast, nice storyline and very well acted. Shows the very scary side of what life must have been like in the old east germany and… More
paul sandberg
I was interested in seeing this Hollywood version as I enjoyed the Israeli film that is the source material. As for the source material: The story is an… More
Sam Barnett
Jessica Chastain and Hellen Mirren are as great as usual in "The Debt", and the film also manages some effective editing and cool storytelling tricks.… More
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[img][/img] Original thriller storylines have become show stopping, and unfortunately one… More
Carlos Magalhăes
What to think of a film whose characters are so inept to carry out an important mission that you end up cheering against them? - a problem that undermines an… More