Official Secrets Reviews

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November 21, 2020
Though overlong, this is a vital film that speaks to the importance of telling the truth for the greater good and the power and necessity of a free press to expose it no matter what the circumstances.
September 16, 2020
Government is a bully, the little people get squashed, and legal conflicts are dragged out for a ridiculous amount of time to prove a point no one can remember. Just. Like. This. Movie.
September 11, 2020
While Knightley offers a compelling performance, Official Secrets is weakened by its uneven tone and lack of punch, making it a safe effort of retelling an international scandal.
August 16, 2020
Powered by a kinetic sense of style and full-throated performances, illuminating and transcending a story that could quite simply have been just another political thriller.
August 15, 2020
And without spoiling too much, if you think the cries of war criminal lobbed at Blair, Bush and Howard are lefty hysteria, the powerful courtroom finale is a timely reminder where that accusation comes from.
July 31, 2020
In it's narrative everything is measured. It also points to a very subtle argument about the abuses of power, the ethics of duty and the meaning of morality in times of war. [Full review in Spanish]
July 23, 2020
A timely story about how the world's biggest champions of democracy can just as easily undermine the democratic process if it serves their own selfish interests.
July 8, 2020
Hood's passion for shining a light on political moral responsibility is a brave move for a filmmaker. With all the best of intentions to highlight Gun's sacrifice in a corrupt political environment, the zeal is simply missing.
February 21, 2020
Knightley shines... in a performance that balances conviction and soul baring, and is all the more genuine for its lack of showiness.
January 21, 2020
Official Secrets has a metaphorical impulse that goes beyond the specific. [Full Review in Spanish]
January 17, 2020
So much is stuck in a proscenium: in its editing, in its music, in the greys that drown every scene. In the end, little feels discovered. It feels lectured.
January 13, 2020
Even if you're one of the few stalwarts who still thinks the Iraq War was worth the agonizingly high toll ..., you will root for [Katharine] Gun because of [Keira] Knightley's astonishing ability to connect to her audience.
January 6, 2020
It's a lean, taut-as-a-drum political thriller with a blood-boiling theme and a fine cast that includes Ralph Fiennes, Matt Smith and Rhys Ifans, among others. But it's built, mostly, around the superbly stricken performance of Knightly.
January 2, 2020
Not easily forgotten, Official Secrets is another reminder about the dangers of unchecked government power.
December 26, 2019
With the deeply divisive issue of imminent war at hand, Official Secrets gives the audience a glimpse into the shadowy side of politics and government affairs while allowing Gun's courage to take the spotlight.
December 18, 2019
Despite falling into some cliches, Official Secrets succeeds due to its unique structure. [Full Review in Spanish]
December 12, 2019
Official Secrets offers a relevant and cautious story about the ramifications of going against an institution. [Full Review in Spanish]
November 26, 2019
If you're a fan of well-made, investigative thrillers, then you should catch this while, when and where you can.
November 24, 2019
What could have been either a raw and intimate look at the personal cost of standing up for your principles or a thrilling political drama turns into a dry retelling of events.
November 22, 2019
Official Secrets celebrates the courage of a government employee who attempted to prevent the invasion at considerable risk to herself and to those she loved.
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