A disappointment, certainly, but not one without its pleasures.
What are people saying?
What are critics saying?
Freely adapted from Conrad's The Secret Agent, this 1936 study of murderous intimacy is ripe for reevaluation as the masterpiece of Alfred Hitchcock's British period.
A masterly exercise in suspense. His new film is imperfect narrative, but perfect dramaturgy.
This movie is as wrenching as it is eruptive. Hitchcock never went further beyond pop than he did with Sabotage.
Hitchcock thought that he erred in this one, and that that explained why the picture wasn't a hit. But he was wrong; this adaptation of Conrad's The Secret Agent may be just about the best of his English thrillers, and if the public didn't respond it wasn't his fault.