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Darkest Hour Reviews

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October 10, 2018
I needed more than paint-by-numbers scripting to fill in the blanks between those legendary speeches.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
October 4, 2018
It's worthy of an award for "most acting", but as for giving the year's best performance, that accolade should be reserved for a performer who disappeared in to their character, instead of merely disappearing into the excessive make-up design.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
September 14, 2018
In (Oldman's) hands, Churchill is realistic. He's insecure. He's uncertain of himself ... in relation to the situation he finds himself caught up in. This take is unique
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 4, 2018
Darkest Hour demonstrates the immense courage Churchill had. It doesn't fully absolve and deify him, rather humanizes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 29, 2018
Wright has made a film of great words and visual elegance, but fueled by what is one of the year's greatest performances.
August 27, 2018
I don't want to undermine my admiration for Gary Oldman's performance, but I think the film itself is flawed.
August 24, 2018
The film stands strong and tall as one of the most prominent biopic films.
August 24, 2018
You'll leave the theater stunned -- not only by what the British accomplished in WWII, but also longing for leaders whose words touch the hearts of their citizens.
August 20, 2018
For an actor who has spent his career embodying unclassifiable human enigmas, it's unfortunate that [Gary Oldman] and Wright chose to depict Churchill in such broad, deliberate strokes.
August 14, 2018
While Oldman is absolutely fantastic...this isn't even the best Winston Churchill performance of the year (that would go to Bryan Cox...in the film 'Churchill').
Full Review | Original Score: C+
July 10, 2018
... a fascinating look inside the war room of a former empire considering actual surrender in the face of insurmountable odds... and what it takes to overcome them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 20, 2018
As the credits rolled, the strongest opinion I had about it was a shrug.
June 9, 2018
Gary Oldman anchors a fascinating look at the war room behind the scenes of the evacuation of Dunkirk.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 16, 2018
Oldman brings plenty of fighting spirit, transformed by strikingly realistic prosthetic make-up to play the then 66-year-old with a spry mind, cranky demeanour and creaky body propped up with whiskey and cigars.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 30, 2018
Wright doesn't allow us to forget that all the words, speeches, and arguments are not only about politics but also about human beings, men on the beaches and stuck in trenches who are being killed and sacrificed.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.5/10
March 30, 2018
Nevertheless, Darkest Hour is entertaining and beautiful to watch.
March 18, 2018
"Darkest Hour" is a brief, and presumably misleading, biopic aimed more at winning awards for acting than in connecting our modern political problems with those of the past.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
March 13, 2018
It's unclear whether Joe Wright, the film's director, is trying to fight fire with fire in Darkest Hour by using a filmic style associated with the rise of Hitler to tell the story of an outmatched England preparing to fight the Nazis.
March 8, 2018
In Darkest Hour, Wright's charged, blustery framework pulls the audience into a distant political landscape. But his approach here is also limiting and nearly wearying.
March 6, 2018
It's when Churchill is at his most beleaguered that Darkest Hour spirals off into the further realms of fantasy.
Full Review | Original Score: 5
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