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Based on 33 Reviews
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  • 90
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    A riveting and surprisingly romantic ride. show more

  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Think of Enigma as a cerebral thriller about the horror of war and the hope that people had in spite of it. show more

  • 63
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Best of all, though, is Northam, whose sable hair and polished poise put one in mind of the young Cary Grant. In this no-sweat performance, he's an actor who conveys how restorative it is to think. show more

  • 75
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    A smart, old-fashioned spy thriller in which the weapon of choice is brainpower. show more

  • 88
    Jonathan Foreman New York Post

    Uses the compelling true story of the triumph of the Enigma code-breakers as background for an invented but believable story of love, betrayal and heroism. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    What I like about the movie is its combination of suspense and intelligence. If it does not quite explain exactly how decryption works (how could it?), it at least gives us a good idea of how decrypters work, and we understand how crucial Bletchley was -- so crucial its existence was kept a secret for 30 years. show more

  • 75
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    The film manages to crack all its codes, and even when it sags a bit, it's never lacking grace and some wit. Not enigmatically at all, it pleases and teases us -- in high style. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    With its combination of intrigue, romance, and adventure set against a World War II backdrop, the movie has an undeniable appeal. Flaws aside, Enigma is engaging and ambitious. show more

  • 75
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The combined talents of Apted, Stoppard and the stellar cast make Enigma a puzzle worth solving. show more

  • 63
    Boston Globe

    Snoozy, plodding film that never captures the inherent suspense of its subject. show more

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