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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 falters.

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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.

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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

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"Darkest Hour" is a one man show for Oldman. And what a show it is.

December 8, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Oldman brings a wicked wit and compassionate heart to the role, one for which he seems almost superhumanly suited for - and that's really saying something, consider how many great actors have played Churchill.

December 7, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Darkest Hour invites viewers inside the heart and mind of a great leader but never really captures his deep rapport with the British people, which turned out to be one of his greatest political assets. Dunkirk takes a more populist approach.

December 7, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Oldman's performance, like the film, reveres Churchill but doesn't glorify him.

December 7, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Far from being a dry biopic, "Darkest Hour" reminds us that some things - such as honor and freedom - are worth fighting for.

December 7, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

As played by [Gary] Oldman, Churchill has perhaps never seemed greater. Or more human

December 7, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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