Denial Reviews

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April 12, 2017
It's a film of many pleasures beyond relevance.
January 26, 2017
It's a shame, then, that the film's thematic relevance should outstrip its dramatic urgency.
January 26, 2017
I find this film and its clear-headed premise rewarding. This reasserts the primacy of truth. What a tonic.
January 25, 2017
The courtroom finale is so tautly assembled and performed it allows the film a final-reel rally, which signals the cast-iron potency of unarguable truth to some effect.
October 14, 2016
It's strangely refreshing to watch a courtroom drama where theatricality doesn't trump meticulous examination and cross-examination.
October 14, 2016
Hare's screenplay (based on Lipstadt's book) is smart and engaging, and veteran director Mick Jackson ("The Bodyguard") treats the material with the heft it deserves.
October 13, 2016
Facts and opinions duke it out in this thought-provoking if slightly low-key drama based on true events.
October 13, 2016
As courtroom dramas go, Denial is somewhat sedate.
October 13, 2016
Ultimately "Denial' works, thanks to its strong cast - particularly Spall, who gives Irving a slightly mad gleefulness, and Weisz, whose smart, tough Deborah chafes against the quiet acquiescence expected of her.
October 7, 2016
It is a particularly difficult and complex case to dramatize and this clever film with its impressive cast mainly succeeds.
October 6, 2016
Despite the drawbacks, the power of the story shines through.
October 6, 2016
As Lipstadt, Rachel Weisz delivers her usual brand of exquisite distress, but a frightfully gaunt Timothy Spall walks away with the movie as Irving.
October 6, 2016
Awaiting the verdict makes for a real nail-biter, even knowing the outcome. Denial does a stellar job demonstrating the truth is worth fighting for.
October 6, 2016
"Denial" is a flawed but impassioned film that deals in big ideas.
October 6, 2016
Hare's screenplay is efficient at delivering facts, but just the facts. The movie may be competent at telling its story, but it's missing one key ingredient: feeling.
October 6, 2016
Spall's performance as Irving is a nuanced masterpiece of patriarchal monstrosity.
October 5, 2016
It's the ever-spellbinding Timothy Spall who will make audiences squirm. His knotty-pouted advocate for the myth of the six million displays all the seductiveness and in-built logic of a pedophile luring a kindergartner into the back seat of a Buick.
October 5, 2016
Weisz's conviction, passion and galvanizing outrage drive "Denial." For a Jewish academic, this was no intellectual exercise, and Weisz lets us see it.
September 30, 2016
Brisk, efficient, and dry.
September 30, 2016
Much like Lipstadt, viewers aren't privy to the inner workings of the defense except in dribs and drabs.
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