Owen Gleiberman
May 10, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Enigma

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
117 minutes
Limited Release Date
04/19/02
performer
Jeremy Northam, Dougray Scott, Kate Winslet, Saffron Burrows
director
Michael Apted
Producer
Mick Jagger, Lorne Michaels
distributor
Miramax
author
Tom Stoppard
genre
Historical, Mystery and Thriller, Romance

We gave it a C-

Enigma is a turgid muddle of romance, espionage, and geek valor. The legend of how the British cracked the German Enigma code during World War II must have sounded, on paper, like a nifty mathematical thriller. On screen, it plays as if the scriptwriter, Tom Stoppard, and the director, Michael Apted, were themselves cryptographers; they seem to be making hunt-and-peck stabs at how to translate a tale of arcane numeric formulas into drama. As Tom Jericho, a Cambridge genius who looks like he might be the hero of ”A Reasonably Dapper-Looking Mind,” Dougray Scott is even glummer than he was in M:I-2. C-

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