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Awesome: 8%
Worth A Look: 28%
Pretty Bad: 28%
Total Crap: 4%

2 reviews, 13 user ratings

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by Greg Muskewitz

"It's not enigmatic, it's boring."
2 stars

Decoded translation: S.O.S. Soporific wartime melodrama about a madman decoder who must return to his old base, where he suffers further deterioration from the reminders of his ex-lover.

The present motion of the story often tends to work backwards for the movie (the farther along you go, the more distance is placed between getting to a resolution and caring about a resolution), and is much too weak to serve as any substantial support. Instead, a crutch is employed by equally unnecessary flashbacks (separated by a haloed-glow) to attempt and add a human element to the coldly tepid arcanum. Kate Winslet is especially bothersome as she aims for smug precision, but lands with a splash nearer to prickily affected and stuffy.

Directed by Michael Apted. With Dougray Scott, Jeremy Northam and Saffron Burrows.

[Not to be bothered with.]

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User Comments

2/18/08 Pamela White great historical movie and the world of codes and codebreakers 5 stars
9/01/06 Speaker of Truth Fucking pathethic BRITISH LIARS. The Poles solved the enigma mystery. Learn history morons. 1 stars
5/20/06 chienne Dougray Scott was excellent, Kate annoying, but a really good, interesting film. 4 stars
5/16/05 R.W. Welch Fact based espionage drama is historically interesting but a little cluttered. 3 stars
3/13/03 Shadaan Winslet is gooooood ! 4 stars
10/29/02 Sheridan Winslet is fine in a fine role in a fine film 4 stars
8/01/02 Vagile Exciting, suspenseful and intelligent. 5 stars
5/12/02 Heather Very dry, very British, rather see this than U-571 4 stars
11/25/01 viking Better than average war time drama 4 stars
11/09/01 Pierce Lanson Good period piece, good acting, interesting overview of little known war effort, not bad. 4 stars
10/25/01 Nats Strong story let down by long winded direction & an unlikely romance 3 stars
10/25/01 Sharon Good story, well acted, kept my interest from start to finish. 4 stars
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