The Operative (2019)


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The Operative follows the story of Rachel (Kruger), a rogue spy from Israel's feared national intelligence force Mossad, vanishes without a trace while attending her father's funeral in London. The only clue to her whereabouts is a cryptic phone call she places to her former handler Thomas (Freeman), who is then summoned from Germany to Israel by Mossad. With Rachel's life immersed in her assignments as part of a vast espionage effort against Iran's nuclear program, Thomas must retrace her steps to determine what threats she may now pose to their operation, while also working to protect her.

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Critic Reviews for The Operative

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

A proficient but unsurprising espionage thriller from Israeli writer-director Yuval Adler that offers another well-fitted showcase for Diane Kruger's stern resolve as a performer.

Feb 11, 2019 | Full Review…
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There is bafflingly little that's exciting or even all that interesting in the story being told, and the performances themselves are opaque and disengaged.

Feb 11, 2019 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Writer-director Yuval Adler connects the dots of the convoluted plot with reasonable clarity, but The Operative only intermittently builds suspense.

Feb 11, 2019 | Full Review…

Spy movies often revolve around the question of where loyalties lie, and this one puts an intriguing spin on that prospect.

Feb 13, 2019 | Full Review…

The Operative fails to present either interesting intrigue or emotion, leaving only bland formalities and one or two solid set pieces.

Feb 12, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Kruger is compelling in the central role in this pacy procedural thriller which is persuasive in its depiction of contemporary spycraft but less convincing in mounting a case for why she would work for Mossad in the first place.

Feb 11, 2019 | Full Review…

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