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Dunkirk Reviews

Top Critic
August 17, 2017
Masterful visual storytelling on an epic scale.
August 2, 2017
Few films have stripped war down to its terrifying, thrilling essence as Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk, and few films have turned war into such an overwhelming, almost physical experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 31, 2017
Nolan's sense of memory and of history is as flattened-out and untroubled as his sense of psychology and of character.
July 28, 2017
It isn't a standard war movie, but it sure is some beautiful, difficult thing.
July 25, 2017
Occasional bursts of flames, imperiling many of the effectively nameless characters, come as a relief from the chromatic tedium.
July 24, 2017
The movie works. Time and again, the action swells and dips, like a wave, then suddenly delivers a salty slap in the face.
July 23, 2017
It is hard to imagine a better tribute to this victory of survival than Nolan's spare, stunning, extraordinarily ambitious film.
July 21, 2017
Technically awe-inspiring, narratively inventive and thematically complex, Dunkirk reinvigorates its genre with a war movie that is both harrowing and smart.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 21, 2017
It's an extraordinary undertaking, and Nolan delivers a spellbinding ride. Out of the depths or man-made horror, he's created a gripping tale of human resolve.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 21, 2017
Despite all the substandard characterization, what we do see sucks us in enough to keep us invested and, at times, riveted.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 21, 2017
Dunkirk's plot is fairly uncomplicated. The thrill is in the deeply exhilarating pace at which the action unfolds.
July 21, 2017
Christopher Nolan's genius for treating movies like chess matches... is brilliantly employed in this account of the British (and French) attempt to retreat across the English Channel from the coastal city of Dunkirk in the early years of World War II.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
July 21, 2017
It's a series of riveting tableaux, but the human center is lacking.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
July 20, 2017
The film is a wonder to experience (especially in Imax), but it's not perfect. For all the technical brilliance, there's something emotionally removed about the storytelling that keeps a viewer at arm's length throughout.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 20, 2017
The tension starts from minute one and doesn't let up until the credits roll in "Dunkirk," Christopher Nolan's terse, nerve-jangling WWII drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
July 20, 2017
It's a gripping addition to the canon of war on film that is definitely worthy of attention, and some of the images are electrifying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
July 20, 2017
Is it ethical to make a war movie this beautiful?
July 20, 2017
Both intimate and epic, as emotional as it is tension-filled, it is being ballyhooed as a departure for bravura filmmaker Christopher Nolan, but in truth the reason it succeeds so masterfully is that it is anything but.
July 20, 2017
"Dunkirk" bolts out the gate not like a thoroughbred racehorse, but like a pack of them, never stopping until - thunderingly, and with a feeling that encompasses both victory and defeat - it crosses the finish line.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 20, 2017
When the structure of Dunkirk becomes visible, when it stands as a mathematical demonstration of brave individual choices lining up in a tidy row, you might realize that you've been had.
July 20, 2017
This is a grand spectacle, not an empty one, a rare example of the Hollywood blockbuster dollar well spent.
July 20, 2017
A cinematic triumph that will awe some viewers and alienate others - for the same basic reasons.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 20, 2017
Seldom has a film so eloquently captured the craziness, brutality and arbitrariness of war. "Dunkirk" just might be Nolan's masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 20, 2017
As a big-screen experience this can be overwhelming, especially when characters are trapped below oncoming planes or inside beleaguered sea vessels; few war movies have communicated more viscerally how it feels to be a sitting duck.
July 20, 2017
A streak of honest sentiment, earned under the most hellish of circumstances, courses through this movie and provides it with spine and a soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 20, 2017
Nolan has delivered a visceral, suspenseful, at times jaw-dropping historical war movie, the lone disclaimer being that he sacrifices character development in his steadfast focus on technical virtuosity.
July 20, 2017
"Dunkirk" is a tour de force of cinematic craft and technique, but one that is unambiguously in the service of a sober, sincere, profoundly moral story that closes the distance between yesterday's fights and today's.
July 20, 2017
This blockbuster spectacle is an intense experience of pure cinema that far exceeds the standard "miracle at Dunkirk" narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 19, 2017
Christopher Nolan has created something new in the annals of war films - an intimate epic.
July 19, 2017
This is a movie that deserves to be seen on the largest screen possible and, no, whatever you have in your home doesn't count unless you reside inside an IMAX theater.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
July 19, 2017
An instant war classic that finds its power in individual tales of heroism and renders them larger than life.
| Original Score: 4/4
July 19, 2017
It's at once minimalist and maximalist, cynical and dopey, a big-boy white elephant art film that is actually a lean and mean suspense set-piece machine.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
July 19, 2017
It's one of the best war films ever made, distinct in its look, in its approach and in the effect it has on viewers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 18, 2017
This accomplished, exceptional piece of cinema delivers summer-scale spectacle, albeit without the escapism audiences often crave from blockbuster releases at this time of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 18, 2017
"Dunkirk" is a great movie, both an old-time inspirational war epic and at the same time very much a Christopher Nolan movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
July 18, 2017
You disappear inside of it and it changes you, as all great movies do.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 18, 2017
The Oscar race for Best Picture is officially on. From first frame to last, Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk is a monumental achievement, a World War II epic of staggering visual spectacle (see it in IMAX if you can) that hits you like a shot in the heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 18, 2017
It deserves to be seen and argued about. They don't make them like this anymore. Never did, really.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 17, 2017
The swift-moving, pulse-pounding Dunkirk reveals its filmmaker at his most nimble, supple, and simple.
July 17, 2017
Nolan has crafted a tight, gripping, deeply involving and unforgettable film that ranks about the best war movies of the decade.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 17, 2017
Sensational in every sense of the word; it aims for both the heart and the head, to be sure, but arrives there via the central nervous system.
July 17, 2017
'Dunkirk' gives us a short, sharp dose of the oddness and horror of war, dropping us right into the fray.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 17, 2017
Dunkirk may be [Nolan's] first historically based fiction, but it's his latest in a long line of survival puzzles, designed to thrill and to provoke the response moviemakers of all kinds have been after for more than a century: whew! Followed by: wow.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 17, 2017
The nerve-racking war thriller Dunkirk is the movie Christopher Nolan's entire career has been building up to, in ways that even he may not have realized.
July 17, 2017
[Nolan has] found a way to harness that technique in service of a kind of heightened reality, one that feels more immersive and immediate than whatever concerns we check at the door when entering the cinema.
July 17, 2017
This is visceral, big-budget filmmaking that can be called Art. It's also, hands down, the best motion picture of the year so far.
Full Review | Original Score: A
July 17, 2017
Let other directors play with toy soldiers and computer effects. This is big-time, old-school filmmaking. Dunkirk isn't overdone. It's simply done epically.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
July 17, 2017
Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk is a stone cold masterpiece. It's a stunningly immersive survival film told in 106 thrillingly realized minutes.
July 17, 2017
Christopher Nolan's largely bloodless but profoundly harrowing war epic is the best film he's ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: A
July 17, 2017
Dunkirk is an impressionist masterpiece.
July 17, 2017
Nolan's feat is undeniable: He's made an immersive war movie that celebrates the good of mankind while also making it clear that no victory is without sacrifice.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4