The Current War Reviews

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August 16, 2020
There's a joy to its visual invention -- even if it sometimes piles on the chaos a little too much.
July 8, 2020
Stylish and intriguing with strong performances all-round but that light bulb blows and sizzles out.
February 26, 2020
In the end, The Current War really does feel like a product of its past.
January 30, 2020
Everything, even the most dramatic scenes, stays on the surface. [Full review in spanish]
January 13, 2020
Even if the plot is uneven at times... the personal drama, the impressive cinematography, and the historical focus make the movie an attractive project. [Full Review in Spanish]
December 30, 2019
The Current War is an experience evocative of the most inventive decade in history. [Full Review in Spanish]
October 27, 2019
An interesting and important story told in a lackadaisical fashion.
October 16, 2019
Cumberbatch and Shannon waste their time in this high-brow re-enactment, directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon.
October 16, 2019
The film does its best to spark energy and dramatic tension with the score, editing and performances from a superhero-powered cast, but the light bulb moments are few and far between.
September 29, 2019
The film falls back on the myth of modernity being born in the laps of practical, native-born American ingenuity.
August 20, 2019
The Current War is a botched screenplay with too many hands in the kitchen. One of TIFF 2017'a biggest duds.
August 16, 2019
If the story doesn't quite gel, and the characters are not given the depth they deserve, at least the performances are strong enough to keep the audience's interests from fading.
August 6, 2019
For a movie that's supposed to be about invention, progress and the dawn of the future, 'The Current War' is absolutely none of these things.
August 5, 2019
A film that could easily slip into cinemas and then slip out again. That would be a loss. For cinema fans, it comes with built-in curiosity value, but it also has more than enough to make it worth the effort.
August 4, 2019
The Current War seems to have suffered from its tumultuous production history. Or, just maybe, it was always destined to be this ungainly.
August 2, 2019
The Current War is highly stylised and edited for pace, ensuring that even the most obtuse teen will be carried along by the bombastic staging and heightened performances.
August 1, 2019
Too many sub plots (The electric chair! Trade fairs!) and weird dream sequences detect from what should have really lit up the screen (ha!).
July 29, 2019
There is no getting away from the fact that large stretches of dialogue are taken up with explaining what each inventor was trying to achieve. It takes a particular talent to make electricity generation interesting and such skill is not in evidence here.
July 29, 2019
While there's a sense that this movie is breezily skimming the surface, it still manages to raise important issues relating to the struggle between commerce and philanthropy.
July 29, 2019
Despite the enjoyably rough treatment it dishes out to red-nosed bankers and its obvious playing to the gallery - 'There will never be anything called Tesla ever again!' - this is a film that always interests but never quite enthrals.
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