Reviews

Dec 8, 2017
The visuals, the structure, the use of sound and music, and the simple presence of a beating heart - all come together in a whole that is truly breathtaking.
Nov 20, 2017
Dunkirk shows off Nolan's own techniques as a filmmaker to make for a film that is technically, if not completely narratively, lustrous.
Sep 28, 2017
The strange problem posed by the movie is, in terms of what it sets out to do, completely of a piece but missing the surge of feeling that would make that thing worth doing.
Sep 11, 2017
[Dunkirk] is absolutely riveting, but not quite the high-minded salute to the Greatest Generation the marketing may have you believe.
Aug 17, 2017
Masterful visual storytelling on an epic scale.
Aug 9, 2017
When Dunkirk ended, I realized it wasn't Dunkirk I wanted to watch: It was the sequel.
Aug 6, 2017
A genuinely powerful and emotionally resonant glimpse into the fog of war, told viscerally and masterfully by a top-notch filmmaker in full command of his gifts. But Nolan indulges in a structural flourish that, for this viewer, simply doesn't play.
Aug 3, 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.
Jul 31, 2017
Nolan's sense of memory and of history is as flattened-out and untroubled as his sense of psychology and of character.
Jul 28, 2017
It isn't a standard war movie, but it sure is some beautiful, difficult thing.
Jul 28, 2017
It's not always easy to know what's going on in Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk-which makes the film seem all the more convincing as an evocation of war.
Jul 26, 2017
"Virtual reality without the headset", [Nolan] calls it, and it's no idle boast. Everything has been meticulously -- and effectively -- designed to dissolve the barrier between you and the screen.
Jul 25, 2017
Occasional bursts of flames, imperiling many of the effectively nameless characters, come as a relief from the chromatic tedium.
Jul 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.
Jul 24, 2017
It is hard to imagine a better tribute to this victory of survival than Nolan's spare, stunning, extraordinarily ambitious film.
Jul 23, 2017
A film that will doubtless become the definitive cinematic depiction of this remarkable chapter of history.
Jul 22, 2017
Technically awe-inspiring, narratively inventive and thematically complex, Dunkirk reinvigorates its genre with a war movie that is both harrowing and smart.
Jul 22, 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.
Jul 22, 2017
Despite all the substandard characterization, what we do see sucks us in enough to keep us invested and, at times, riveted.
Jul 21, 2017
This is a magnificent achievement accomplished with staggering buoyancy and grace, the victory of survival its own form of heroism worthy of celebration.