The Current War

Critics Consensus

The Current War is powered by an outstanding cast and an intriguing, history-inspired story, which makes this drama's low wattage all the more shocking.



Total Count: 46

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Three brilliant visionaries set off in a charged battle for the future in The Current War, the epic story of the cutthroat competition that literally lit up the modern world. Benedict Cumberbatch is Thomas Edison, the celebrity inventor on the verge of bringing electricity to Manhattan with his radical new DC technology. On the eve of triumph, his plans are upended by charismatic businessman George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon), who believes he and his partner, the upstart genius Nikolai Tesla (Nicholas Hoult), have a superior idea for how to rapidly electrify America: with AC current. As Edison and Westinghouse grapple for who will power the nation, they spark one of the first and greatest corporate feuds in American history, establishing for future Titans of Industry the need to break all the rules.


Critic Reviews for The Current War

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (31)

  • The film's release was duly paused and in the two years since there have been reshoots, five new scenes added and ten minutes cut from the original Toronto version. It's still a dirge. It's flat and repetitive.

    Jul 26, 2019 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • Given the subject matter, it's a disappointingly unstimulating affair.

    Jul 26, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • So now the film deserves to be considered in its own right, all taint removed. And? It's still a turkey.

    Jul 26, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • A torpidly slow epic with a script that moves at the speed of light, the film is pockmarked with incidents that never cohere into a clear narrative.

    Sep 12, 2017 | Rating: D | Full Review…
  • Apart from those nutty camera angles and lenses, which throw you out of the action, The Current War is absorbing ...

    Sep 11, 2017 | Full Review…
  • The prevailing mood of The Current War is indifference; there's no point listing the crimes against the past committed by Michael Mitnick's dramatically inept script ...

    Sep 11, 2017 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

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