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Churchill gets sterling work out of Brian Cox in the leading role, but it isn't enough to overcome a muddled and ultimately unsuccessful approach to an incredible real-life story.



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Tensions mount for the beleaguered British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Brian Cox) in the days leading up to infamous Allied D-Day landings in Normandy, France in June, 1944. Fearful of repeating his deadly mistakes from World War I in the Battle of Gallipoli, exhausted by years of war, plagued by depression and obsessed with his historical destiny, Churchill is reluctant to embark on the large-scale campaign, one that the entire war effort hinges upon. Clashing with his Allied political opponents U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower (John Slattery) and British Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery (Julian Wadham), the troubled Churchill receives support and devotion from his wife, the brilliant and unflappable Clementine Churchill (Miranda Richardson). With her strength and shrewdness, "Clemmie" halts Winston's physical, mental spiritual collapse and inspires him on to greatness.

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Brian Cox
as Winston Churchill
Miranda Richardson
as Clementine Churchill
John Slattery
as Dwight Eisnehower
James Purefoy
as King George VI

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  • Well, it's watchable.

    Jun 14, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Likely to do well with its intended audience of WWII buffs and those old enough to remember the man first time round.

    Jun 12, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The script, written by neophyte Alex von Tunzelmann, is appalling, its plot simplistic and its dialogue alternating between misplaced bits of contemporary psycho-babble and improbable grandiloquence.

    Jun 9, 2017 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • Cox makes an impressive Churchill, an imposing man of physique and intellect who, closing in on 70, has been laid low by age and circumstance.

    Jun 8, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The script is eventually undone by its cliches, one or two of which are shamelessly sentimental, but Cox and Richardson make it all worthwhile. They're a wonderful double act.

    Jun 7, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Too often Churchill feels more like an exposé than a deep-dish psychological exploration. Still, there are moments in Cox's performance when we can locate the living, breathing man inside the commemorative statue, and that's not nothing.

    Jun 2, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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