Glorious 39
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A woman makes a surprising discovery with dangerous consequences in this period suspense thriller, set in 1939. Anne Keyes (Romola Garai) is an attractive young woman who is enjoying modest success as a film actress; she's also the adopted daughter of Alexander Keyes (Bill Nighy), a career politician and member of Parliament. Anne still lives in the family home with her father, mother Maud (Jenny Agutter), budding diplomat brother Ralph (Eddie Redmayne) and socialite sister Celia (Juno Temple). One night, Hector (David Tennant), one of Alexander's friends, stops by for dinner and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 45%

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"A political yarn - sometimes creepy, sometimes daft - in the Hitchcockian vein."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"Not glorious. Not good. Just plain old-fashioned duff."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Mirror [UK]
"Poliakoff's flaccid script and indulgent cut undermines a beautifully shot thriller with an excellent cast and original central idea."
‑ Matt McNally, Film4
"A bizarrely tasteless pet-euthanasia subplot -- clumsy parallels with the Holocaust abound -- is merely the wackiest turn the wildly unconvincing script takes: it's well below Poliakoff's more intelligent TV work."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"Poliakoff's conspiracy thriller about Hitler-pleasers and appalling aristos comes with all the bucolic loveliness you'd expect. But its biggest boost comes from Garai, whose fragile, hypnotic turn should make the actress a gong contender."
‑ Matt Mueller, Total Film
"Despite a few convincing turns, the feature is disappointingly winded, eventually going off on a few needless tangents that derail the whole production."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Prestigious and serious-minded, but it's still nonsense."
‑ Nicholas Barber, Independent on Sunday
"For all its sumptuous production design, Steven Poliakoff's tale of glamorous toffs and treason is so laboured and slow that it's practically pensionable."
‑ Wendy Ide, Times [UK]
"Trapped in a perilous zone between TV and cinema, this wartime conspiracy thriller ploughs through an improbable plot with all the urgency of a snail going through wet concrete."
‑ Simon Reynolds, Digital Spy
"There's much to admire in the film, such as sequences of the often forgotten panic when family pets were systematically put down as war became inevitable, but there's quite a lot to argue about too."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"An enjoyable conspiracy thriller in the manner of John Frankenheimer's Seven Days in May."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Stupendous turn from Romola Garai in the lead role but, while this sets up intrigue and atmosphere well, the plot devices creak audibly towards the end."
‑ Philip De Semlyen, Empire Magazine
"A ripping, old-school conspiracy thriller."
‑ Xan Brooks, Guardian
"Unfortunately, Stephen Poliakoff's tale of wartime skulduggery should have stayed on paper. The sort you can flush. Tedious, overlong and laughably unconvincing, the only remarkable thing about it is Bill Nighy's performance. Specifically, how bad it is."
‑ Elliott Noble, Sky Movies
"Poliakoff cleverly translates the mood of fear and uncertainty in Britain into a dark psychological maze that leads Anne to the edge of insanity."
‑ Stella Papamichael, Radio Times
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