Official Secrets Reviews

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August 29, 2019
The characters are malnourished and Hood's attempts to build suspense often fall flat because he leans hard on genre conventions, on dark shadows, ominous music and abrupt sounds straight from a horror flick.
August 29, 2019
Gavin Hood's earnest whistleblower drama does a stirring if occasionally didactic job of reminding us why speaking truth to power, even at the highest personal cost, still matters.
August 29, 2019
Although Official Secrets may take liberties with the historical record, it's effective as both a drama and a cautionary tale and the lessons it teaches are possibly more relevant in today's world than they were 15 years ago.
August 28, 2019
Official Secrets rarely deviates from the standard whistleblower template... What compels are the offbeat details surrounding the case.
August 28, 2019
Knightley gives one of her strongest performances here, using her innate steeliness and presence to create a convincing portrait of a courageous zealot who believes in right and wrong in an almost biblical sense.
August 27, 2019
But where Hood's All the President's Men ambitions feel forced -- there's even a shadowy meet-up in a parking garage -- the second-half machinations pertaining to Gun's legal peril and eventual defense are duly fascinating.
August 27, 2019
So much of Gregory Bernstein, Sara Bernstein and Gavin Hood's screenplay arrives with a thud that it might've been written with clenched fists. Knightley's overwrought performance doesn't help either.
February 5, 2019
Too much of Official Secrets plays out like a history class.
February 4, 2019
A dry and honorable retelling of events that exists mostly to remind us who she was, and why any potential whistleblowers out there should honor her example.
January 29, 2019
The film relies on its lead star and Knightley is more than equipped for the task of carrying it on her shoulders.
January 29, 2019
A straightforward, solidly old-fashioned slice of real-life espionage, journalistic and legal intrigue that gets the job done in engrossing, clear-eyed fashion even if it lacks much in the way of stylistic verve.
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