Brexit (2019)

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Critic Consensus: With acerbic wit and a mesmerizingly eccentric performance from Benedict Cumberbatch, Brexit energetically renders recent history with unflinching poise.

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This provocative feature-length drama goes behind the scenes, revealing the personalities, strategies and feuds of the Leave and Remain campaigns. The tactics employed by Vote Leave during the data-driven campaign swayed a historically silent voting bloc that would ultimately decide the outcome of the referendum, as well as affecting future elections around the world.

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Benedict Cumberbatch
as Dominic Cummings
Rory Kinnear
as Craig Oliver

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Critic Reviews for Brexit

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (10)

The film does an impressive job explaining the complicated operation while still delivering a fast-paced and entertaining story.

Jan 20, 2019 | Full Review…

It's simplistic but in its simplicity it captures the appalling crudeness and lack of nuance that is often the populist message from Donald Trump, Doug Ford and others.

Jan 18, 2019 | Full Review…

It's reductive and ham-fisted in its direction, sure, but still makes for a breezily engaging tale.

Jan 18, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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Brexit is nicely ambiguous as to whether Cummings is a misguided genius or simply a talented opportunist, and Cumberbatch is excellent at conveying the lonely monomania of a man stubbornly devoted to principles that only he recognizes.

Jan 18, 2019 | Full Review…

Yet despite such shortcomings, Brexit is worth seeing because it captures big truths about today's politics, and not only in Great Britain.

Jan 18, 2019 | Full Review…
NPR
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Cumberbatch's tight-wired performance is the best thing in this brisk but mechanical retread of recent events.

Jan 18, 2019 | Full Review…

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