Journey's End (2018)


Critic Consensus: Journey's End brings R.C. Sherriff's 90-year-old play to the screen with thrilling power, thanks to director Saul Dibb's hard-hitting urgency and brilliant work from a talented cast.


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March, 1918. C-company arrives to take its turn in the front-line trenches of norther France, led by the war-weary Captain Stanhope (Claflin). With a German offensive imminently approaching, the officers (Bettany, Graham, Sturridge) and their cook (Jones) use food and the memories of their lives before the war to distract themselves, while Stanhope soaks his fear in whisky, unable to deal with the dread of the inevitable. A young officer, Raleigh (Butterfield), arrives fresh out of training and abuzz with the excitement of his first real posting - not least because he is to serve under Stanhope, his former school house monitor and the object of his sister's affections. Each man is trapped, the days ticking by, the tension rising and the attack drawing ever closer...

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Its cerebral message boils down to a "war is hell" theme, a sentiment that's been conveyed more effectively in countless other works. It's a journey that mostly retraces steps.

Apr 13, 2018 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Lugubrious and anticlimactic, inadequate testimonial to those slaughtered in this pointless battle, and the million more who would die before the war's end.

Apr 5, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

There's a heavy-handed and dated feeling about this version of "Journey's End" - it never really breaks loose from its theatrical origin.

Apr 3, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The actors are superb at impressing some humanity onto this ugliness.

Mar 30, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

War is hell but we've seen that story before. Journey's End manages to reaffirm the message in a tale that is both harrowing and heartbreaking.

Mar 29, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

What does a movie based on a 90-year-old play about World War I have to say to contemporary audiences? Plenty.

Mar 29, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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