The Operative - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Operative Reviews

Page 1 of 2
January 23, 2020
Tense spy thriller contains sexual and graphic violence
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 17, 2020
The ingredients of an enjoyable spy flick are all present in The Operative, but they rarely come together.
August 9, 2019
Three strong central performances can't overcome a lack of consistent suspense in this espionage thriller that generates a handful of taut twists yet too often settles for genre conventions.
August 5, 2019
The Operative tackles Israel's intelligence efforts against Iran, but fails to resonate or be insightful. A good lead performance from Diane Kruger doesn't overcome the narrative problems.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
August 5, 2019
With a clumsy flashback structure, The Operative never quite reaches a full boil, coming off - like its heroine - as an entity without a country
August 2, 2019
The Operative certainly operates on its own terms. I'm just not quite sure what they are.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
August 2, 2019
As far as modern espionage films go, 'The Operative' simply doesn't operate on the highest level: neither exceptional nor terrible, it falls in the mediocre middle.
Full Review | Original Score: C
August 2, 2019
The Operative is a bland and convoluted affair that struggles to keep the audience engaged and leaves minimal impact during its runtime.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 2, 2019
The Operative gets lost in its own machinations and clichés too much for me to highly recommend it.
August 2, 2019
Failing both as a character drama and as a taut espionage drama, The Operative is a film as generic and uninspiring as its title that even fans of the genre will find wanting.
August 2, 2019
An espionage story that gets us wondering who we trust and why.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 2, 2019
A solidly crafted if forgettable espionage thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 1, 2019
The bulk of the story ... feels like the prologue to a more vital tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 1, 2019
Painfully slow and hardly captivating, "The Operative" is another generic thriller that'll come and go without so much as making a blip on anyone's radar.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
August 1, 2019
Diane Kruger is finally getting the roles she deserves. This movie, though sometimes flawed, is worth seeing her performance alone.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
August 1, 2019
The film takes its sweet time, but it's a slow burn with twists that'll shock.
August 1, 2019
As the film crawls towards its conclusion, there's not much of a sense of righteous anger in Rachel at her Israeli masters after she believes she's been used. Audiences will rightly feel they have been used too.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
August 1, 2019
A serviceable but not stylish filmmaker, Adler shoots office spaces and restaurants in a blandly shadowy style redolent of peak TV.
July 31, 2019
Fans of John le Carre should receive a mild charge out of "The Operative," which strives to be an intelligent understanding of espionage and the dangers emotional ties bring to the ways of government-sponsored spying.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
July 31, 2019
The film has all the usual set pieces, but they play out in ways that feel unnervingly real.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Page 1 of 2