Official Secrets

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Official Secrets has a familiar structure and an obvious if worthy message, but rises on the strength of Keira Knightley's powerful performance.



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Verified Ratings: 90
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She risked everything to stop an unjust war. Her government called her a traitor. Based on world-shaking true events, Official Secrets tells the gripping story of Katharine Gun (Keira Knightley), a British intelligence specialist whose job involves routine handling of classified information. One day in 2003, in the lead up to the Iraq War, Gun receives a memo from the NSA with a shocking directive: the United States is enlisting Britain's help in collecting compromising information on United Nations Security Council members in order to blackmail them into voting in favor of an invasion of Iraq. Unable to stand by and watch the world be rushed into an illegal war, Gun makes the gut-wrenching decision to defy her government and leak the memo to the press. So begins an explosive chain of events that will ignite an international firestorm, expose a vast political conspiracy, and put Gun and her family directly in harm's way.

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Keira Knightley
as Katharine Gun
Ralph Fiennes
as Ben Emmerson
Matt Smith (XI)
as Martin Bright
Matthew Goode
as Peter Beaumont
Indira Varma
as Shami Chakrabarti
Rhys Ifans
as Ed Vulliamy
Conleth Hill
as Roger Alton
Tamsin Greig
as Elizabeth Wilmshurst
Hattie Morahan
as Yvonne Ridley
Jack Farthing
as Andy Dumfries
Monica Dolan
as Fiona Bygate
John Hefferman
as James Welch
Kenneth Cranham
as Judge Hyam
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All Critics (85) | Top Critics (25) | Fresh (67) | Rotten (18)

  • Like the whistleblower at its center, "Official Secrets" has backbone and conviction, something we could use more of today.

    Sep 12, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • It's a good story, well told, though you have to forgive Hood for indulging in a little journalistic cliché.

    Sep 10, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The end result is a professionally made film that is whistle-blowingly relevant, starring an excellent actress who successfully comes in from her Pride & Prejudice past.

    Sep 9, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • It's difficult to become immersed in a film in which far too many characters sound like they're reciting talking points and not delivering authentic dialogue.

    Sep 6, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • "Official Secrets" scratches the surface of a deep and dark universe of things we're not supposed to know but should.

    Sep 4, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
    Top Critic
  • Although Knightley's Gun often seems to be a passive figure, buffeted by the machinations of those around her, the film's honesty about the enormous personal costs of whistleblowing is a welcome relief from more romanticized heroics.

    Sep 4, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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