Official Secrets Reviews

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October 18, 2019
[H]obbled by fidelity, spatchcocked by earnestness, this film never takes off.
October 18, 2019
While it'll do nothing to restore trust in the august bodies that rule the land, it's a pacy, palm-clammying watch.
October 18, 2019
There's something interestingly tough and forthright about this slow-burner from director and co-writer Gavin Hood.
October 15, 2019
There's a fascinating tension at the heart of this whistleblower drama about dubious intelligence operations on the eve of the 2003 Iraq war.
September 27, 2019
Do yourself two favors: see the picture, and if you're unfamiliar with the outcome of the case, avoid the Google before purchasing a ticket. It'll make for a much more nerve-wracking time at the movies.
September 19, 2019
Even though the story ends somewhat anticlimactically, it maintains a slow burn of outrage right to the very end.
September 13, 2019
Like the whistleblower at its center, "Official Secrets" has backbone and conviction, something we could use more of today.
September 10, 2019
It's a good story, well told, though you have to forgive Hood for indulging in a little journalistic cliché.
September 10, 2019
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.
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 4, 2019
"Official Secrets" scratches the surface of a deep and dark universe of things we're not supposed to know but should.
September 4, 2019
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.
September 4, 2019
I don't know if you can have spoilers when actual history if involved, but by the end you may be happy, unhappy or something in-between.
September 3, 2019
It never rises to the heights of its lofty aspirations.
September 3, 2019
[A] very solid, totally respectable, well-cast, well-acted, slow burn political thriller potboiler.
August 30, 2019
Feels both dutiful and dry.
August 30, 2019
As concisely informative as an Economist article and as gripping as a beach read.
August 29, 2019
An unabashedly political movie that is, essentially, a procedural, but also a very sophisticated, ornate, complex and convincing thriller.
Top Critic
August 29, 2019
As the Iraq War recedes into our rear-view mirror and our current news cycle spins blindly from one world crisis to another, films like Official Secrets, bland as they may seem, will serve as crucial efforts to keep our past mistakes in our minds.
August 29, 2019
Bloody hell, the Brits do low-key, paranoid procedural dramas like Official Secrets well, with a pervading chill and no flash: The crispness cuts like a knife.
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