USA Today - 11/30/1990
"...This is a surprisingly uncreaky early Garbo talkie about the famed World War I spy. Part of the fun comes in trying to sort out the actors' geographical allegiances..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
Mata Hari: the name breathes mystery, intrigue and sexual allure. Who better to play the notorious World War I spy than Greta Garbo, the enigmatic, exquisite screen icon called The Swedish Sphinx?
Garbo is mesmerizing as the dancer-turned-German secret agent in a wartime Paris seething with secrets and betrayal. The notable supporting cast includes Lionel Barrymore as a Russian general besotted with her, Lewis Stone as an icy master spy, and Ramon Novarro as a handsome aviator who wins the heart Mata Hari did not know she possessed. With the world at war, love was her weapon. And the only men she couldn't seduce were the 12 in the firing squad that ended her tragic and tumultuous life.
Garbo is gloriously enigmatic as the exotic World War I spy. She dances, she flirts, she gives comfort to wounded soldiers.
The Swedish siren appears, in one of her most celebrated roles, as the infamous secret agent executed for espionage during World War I. A dancer and high-class prostitute of Dutch descent, Mata Hari spies for the Germans, using her sensuous sex appeal to lure classified information away from her spellbound admirers. Among them is the young Russian lieutenant who, devoted and unsuspecting to the tragic end, succeeds in capturing Mata Hari's love.
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