Official Secrets Reviews

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October 18, 2019
But what's the point of all that furious profanity, all those feet on desks, if nothing changes?
October 18, 2019
[H]obbled by fidelity, spatchcocked by earnestness, this film never takes off.
October 10, 2019
Official Secrets does its baseline job if you needed the story of Katharine Gun retold and vaguely dramatised, but it's dreary entertainment.
September 19, 2019
Keira Knightley is excellent in Official Secrets, but there's no sense of tension or thrill here, no propulsive thrust forward, in the surprisingly dull whistleblower drama.
September 13, 2019
More effective stories deal with people that feel real, and Official Secrets never quite proves itself authentic.
September 13, 2019
Official Secrets is a pretty sorry substitute for predecessors like Spotlight and Snowden, which were both pretty sorry in their own right.
September 13, 2019
There's plenty of drama inherent in the events of this film, but you'd never know it from the final product.
September 6, 2019
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.
September 6, 2019
Official Secrets is an effective entry in a genre that has outlived its usefulness...the film falters when it depends on character rather than procedure.
September 5, 2019
Will the world remember this whistleblower's tale? Maybe, but it won't remember this movie.
September 4, 2019
Nothing especially objectionable about Knightley's typically urgent portrayal of this brave, righteous soul... But the grim mechanics of Kat's ordeal coat the putatively thrilling, perilous tale in dull bureaucratic shades of gray.
September 3, 2019
It never rises to the heights of its lofty aspirations.
September 1, 2019
Keira Knightley delivers a stalwart performance in Official Secrets that is not able to salvage the bland history lesson direction from Gavin Hood
August 30, 2019
Proves to be a curiously dull and dramatically inert retelling of the story.
August 30, 2019
Feels both dutiful and dry.
August 29, 2019
Official Secrets doesn't show us the full story of Gun's bravery and determination to do what's right.
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 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 1, 2019
Official Secretsfails to present this topic in a cinematically pleasing way, despite an all-star cast.
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