Darkest Hour Reviews

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September 5, 2018
Darkest Hour demonstrates the immense courage Churchill had. It doesn't fully absolve and deify him, rather humanizes.
August 28, 2018
I don't want to undermine my admiration for Gary Oldman's performance, but I think the film itself is flawed.
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.
January 19, 2018
Oldman has already bagged the Golden Globe for his performance, and it is he who elevates Darkest Hour beyond Wright's stuffy, sluggish and stagy filmmaking into a reflective and passable drama.
January 18, 2018
The script has been written with the caps lock on and Joe Wright directs accordingly.
January 15, 2018
It is unapologetically wordy. And at its best, this showcase for Churchill's ornate verbal flourishes is rousing and satisfying.
January 14, 2018
As far as the overall package goes, Darkest Hour is kind of just proficient, a perfectly competent and effective period film. What elevates it is Oldman's full-bodied, tour-de-force performance.
January 12, 2018
Oldman delivers the greatest-hit speeches not just with mastery of cadence but with enough raw power to make the exceedingly familiar sound fresh.
January 11, 2018
Director Joe (Atonement) Wright exhibits his trademark flashes of visual aplomb and captures the peril of Nazi invasion with thrilling immediacy, despite being almost entirely confined to the claustrophobic corridors of power.
January 11, 2018
Who wouldn't want to see the Nazis taken to task by George Smiley, Count Dracula and Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg?
January 10, 2018
This isn't an uncritical celebration of British bulldog spirit but a nuanced portrait of Churchill at a key point early in the war.
January 10, 2018
Taking us from Chamberlain's resignation to the aftermath of Dunkirk, the film resists no opportunity to indulge in clunking exposition.
January 10, 2018
It's an amazing performance: the only star turn I've seen in which a famous actor visible in nearly every scene would be unrecognisable if we didn't know his name already.
January 10, 2018
Oldman is sheer joy in a role which transcends an otherwise uneven affair.
January 5, 2018
Darkest Hour may be brash, but it's never less than riveting when actors such as these are doing their stuff.
December 19, 2017
"Darkest Hour" is a straightforward, day-by-day depiction of world-changing events, told with meticulous simplicity.
December 15, 2017
And yet for all that telling about how it was, the film feels much more like happy fantasy than detailed history, a fond look back on the lead-up to a moment of moral righteousness.
December 14, 2017
Churchill, by way of Darkest Hour, hands the actor some of the best speeches of his career, and Oldman brings them vividly to life.
December 14, 2017
A nagging question persists throughout Darkest Hour: Is Oldman's compulsively meticulous turn here anything more than a brilliant impersonation?
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