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The Debt

HD   R Closed Captioning

John Madden

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About the Movie

Academy Award® winner Helen Mirren and two-time Academy Award® nominee Tom Wilkinson star in The Debt, “a pulse-pounding and politically charged suspense thriller.” (Karen Durbin, Elle) In 1966, three Mossad agents were assigned to track down a feared Nazi war criminal hiding in East Berlin, a mission accomplished at great risk and personal cost – or was it? Thirty years later, the suspense builds as shocking news and surprising revelations compel retired team member Rachel Singer (Mirren) to take matters into her own hands. Co-starring Sam Worthington, Jessica Chastain and Ciarán Hinds, it’s the film critics call “an intelligent thriller with superb performances.” (USA Today)

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 177
  • Fresh: 135
  • Rotten: 42
  • Average Rating: 6.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: There is an awkward, irresoluble tension between the movie's urge to thrill and the weighty pull of the historical obligations that it seeks to assume. How much, to be blunt, should we be enjoying ourselves? – Anthony Lane, New Yorker, Sep 6, 2011

Fresh: The Debt roots itself in reality more plausibly than most contemporary spy films without sacrificing the genre's tense thrills. – John DeFore, Washington Post, Sep 1, 2011

Fresh: The Debt has the overall air of an Oscar contender that never got into the ring -- well-made, but not spectacular. Still, it serves as a fine, full introduction to Chastain's potential. – Tom Long, Detroit News, Sep 1, 2011

Fresh: The moral dilemmas posed by events in the past impacting on the present are dealt with rather superficially, but THE DEBT is really solid entertainment. – Margaret Pomeranz, At the Movies (Australia), Nov 9, 2011

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Customer Reviews


From one look of the trailer, I could already tell that "The Debt" was gonna be a fantastic movie. It had a captivating premise, not to mention it was based on a well-received Israeli film. Plus, how could I possibly pass up the chance to see Helen Mirren, Ciaran Hinds, and Tom Wilkinson in the same feature together? So I decided to see the movie on opening day. Much to my satisfaction, it was much more than the contemporary spy thriller it presented itself to be. Rather, it was an intensely thrilling and thought-provoking film that masterfully achieved the genuine authenticity of its characters and the scenario they're put into. The deeply rich story is told through a series of flashbacks from the mind of Rachel Singer (Mirren), a former Mossad agent, who recounts the 1966 espionage mission she took with two other undercover spies in order to track down a psychotic Nazi war criminal. What results is a heart-pounding, suspense-filled game filled with twists and turns that forces truths to be revealed and wrongs to be undone. It all leads up to a climatic ending that's as surprising as it is satisfying. I really have to give it up for the younger actors in this movie, especially Jessica Chastain, who plays Rachel Singer in her early twenties. Her portrayal as our main heroine is so gratifyingly genuine and hauntingly emotional, it'll simply leave you in awe. She's definitely a rising actress to look out for in the near future. I should also commend Sam Worthington for proving that he actually does have the acting chops to star in flicks that aren't all big-budget blockbusters. Between the film's amazing performances, the dialogue was extremely well written and the beautiful score by Thomas Newman fit in perfectly with the intense tone of the story. In a nutshell, if you love a good dramatic thriller with great character development, unpredictable plot twists, and Oscar-worthy acting, trust me when I say "The Debt" is the perfect movie for you.

Best movie of the year

Amazing movie about life and conquering the unjust.
Best movie of the year by far.

Not your usual cup of tea!

Well done! All the actors were great!!! Loved the back and forth and moral dilemmas the characters face! If you like spy flicks or history movies this is a must see! Warning isnt for everyone so don't expect lots of exspotions and gun fights!!