Ironbark

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Movie Info

Ironbark tells the true story of British businessman Greville Wynne, who helped the CIA penetrate the Soviet nuclear program during the Cold War. Wynne and his Russian source, Oleg Penkovsky (codenamed Ironbark), provided crucial intelligence that ended the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Cast

Benedict Cumberbatch
as Greville Wynne
Rachel Brosnahan
as Emily Donovan
Jessie Buckley
as Sheila Wynne
Angus Wright
as Dickie Franks

Critic Reviews for Ironbark

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (3)

  • For a movie set against the backdrop of the Cuban Missile Crisis - a movie that's enameled with the classic tropes of espionage, and builds to a daring international heist at the end of the second act - the whole thing can be rather even-keeled.

    January 27, 2020 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • The trouble here is a lack of attention to detail, and laziness with scale.

    January 26, 2020 | Full Review…
  • A decorous, solidly smart thriller whose menace maintains a sort of low, steady hum.

    January 25, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • While it would have been rewarding to see Cooke and O'Conner take a few chances or add some more emotional depth, it's a satisfying enough watch, best viewed with little investment and low expectations.

    January 25, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Benjamin Lee

    Guardian
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  • Despite ongoing conflicts with Russia today, the movie doesn't feel terribly relevant to our time.

    January 25, 2020 | Full Review…

    Peter Debruge

    Variety
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  • A solid spy drama about ordinary people caught up in Cold War espionage, Dominic Cooke's Ironbark is as meat-and-potatoes as its real-life hero.

    January 25, 2020 | Full Review…

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