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Darkest Hour (2017)

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Critic Consensus: Darkest Hour is held together by Gary Oldman's electrifying performance, which brings Winston Churchill to life even when the movie's narrative can't.

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During the early days of World War II, with the fall of France imminent, Britain faces its darkest hour as the threat of invasion looms. As the seemingly unstoppable Nazi forces advance, and with the Allied army cornered on the beaches of Dunkirk, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the leadership of the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Academy Award nominee Gary Oldman). While maneuvering his political rivals, he must confront the ultimate choice: negotiate with Hitler and save the British people at a terrible cost or rally the nation and fight on against incredible odds. Directed by Joe Wright, DARKEST HOUR is the dramatic and inspiring story of four weeks in 1940 during which Churchill's courage to lead changed the course of world history.

Cast

Gary Oldman
as Winston Churchill
Kristin Scott Thomas
as Clementine Churchill
Stephen Dillane
as Viscount Halifax
Ronald Pickup
as Neville Chamberlain
Ben Mendelsohn
as King George VI
Lily James
as Elizabeth Nel

Critic Reviews for Darkest Hour

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (14)

Oldman's leonine prowling satisfies as statesman theater, even if there are scenes that too easily tip toward mythic silliness.

November 21, 2017 | Full Review…
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It's a rousing wiki-deep summary of the gist of Winston Churchill's first month in power, from his assumption of the office of prime minister to his delivery of the second most famous to-arms speech in British history.

November 21, 2017 | Full Review…

Few actors put their blood, toil, sweat and tears into a role like Gary Oldman.

November 20, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The performance is a marvel, not merely leaping over what could have been a stunt, but deepening into a soulful portrayal of wartime leadership, tinged with ego, doubt and the demands of a terrible moment.

November 20, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Gary Oldman hasn't done a deep dive into a character for years, but he makes up for lost time with a spectacular performance as British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, rousing the country to fight the Nazis against all odds at the start of World War II.

November 20, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Oldman immerses himself so deeply in the role that the actor disappears.

November 20, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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