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Six Minutes to Midnight has a fascinating fact-based WWII-era story to tell, but largely loses it in muddled spy shenanigans. Read critic reviews

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In the summer of 1939, influential families in Nazi Germany have sent their daughters to a finishing school in an English seaside town to learn the language and be ambassadors for a future looking National Socialist. A teacher there sees what is coming and is trying to raise the alarm. But the authorities believe he is the problem.

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Critic Reviews for Six Minutes to Midnight

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  • The phoniness of the entire production is emphasised by the fact that it was filmed not in Sussex but in Wales.

    April 23, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Director Andy Goddard (Downton Abbey) has made something determinedly old-fashioned out of all this while Izzard's attitude to the role could be summed up as: when in doubt, do nothing.

    April 22, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's unfair of me to put it this way, but had I viewed Six Minutes to Midnight on PBS, I'd probably have felt it was just fine.

    April 14, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Izzard, so dazzling as a live performer, is always fun to watch onscreen: As Miller, she has a vibrant, inquisitive energy.

    March 30, 2021 | Full Review…
  • Six Minutes to Midnight is far from perfect, but it at least proves that historical entertainment doesn't automatically have to come with blinkers on.

    March 29, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • There's a fascinating film - a mix of The Beguiled and Picnic at Hanging Rock - trying to escape from this creaky passion project of Eddie Izzard's.

    March 29, 2021 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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  • Apr 30, 2021
    Apparently the Nazis sent their daughters to England to learn English before the breakout of WW2, early preparation for the day when they would be running things. Fair enough. But in this story, the school operates as well as a front for a Nazi spy ring. What?! And Eddie Izzard (What?!) goes undercover spy (What?!) as a teacher (What?!) there to break the Nazi plot. Too many implausibles grouped together then to try to sell this tale of what is at best merely near intrigue and the execution finally does little to help. Weak tea, soggy biscuit. Dame Dench's presence makes the afternoon somewhat palatable.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer

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