Dunkirk Reviews

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Top Critic
August 17, 2017
Masterful visual storytelling on an epic scale.
August 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.
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 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.
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 24, 2017
It is hard to imagine a better tribute to this victory of survival than Nolan's spare, stunning, extraordinarily ambitious film.
July 22, 2017
Technically awe-inspiring, narratively inventive and thematically complex, Dunkirk reinvigorates its genre with a war movie that is both harrowing and smart.
July 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.
July 22, 2017
Despite all the substandard characterization, what we do see sucks us in enough to keep us invested and, at times, riveted.
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.
July 21, 2017
It's a series of riveting tableaux, but the human center is lacking.
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.
July 20, 2017
What it is, essentially, is 106 clamorous minutes of big-screen bombast that's so concerned with its own spectacle and scale that it neglects to deliver the most crucial element -- drama.
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.
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.
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.
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