Darkest Hour
Darkest Hour (2017)

During the early days of World War II, with the fall of France imminent, Britain faces its darkest hour as the threat of invasion looms. As the seemingly unstoppable Nazi forces advance, and with the Allied army cornered on the beaches of… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: November 22, 2017
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Darkest Hour is held together by Gary Oldman's electrifying performance, which brings Winston Churchill to life even when the movie's narrative falters.

Matthew Lickona
San Diego Reader

And yet for all that telling about how it was, the film feels much more like happy fantasy than detailed history, a fond look back on the lead-up to a moment of moral righteousness.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Oldman brings a wicked wit and compassionate heart to the role, one for which he seems almost superhumanly suited for - and that's really saying something, consider how many great actors have played Churchill.

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Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film

Ultimately the film over-romanticises its subject and, in so doing, fails to illuminate the real complexities of this pivotal moment in social and political history.

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Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Inquirer

Churchill, by way of Darkest Hour, hands the actor some of the best speeches of his career, and Oldman brings them vividly to life.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Darkest Hour invites viewers inside the heart and mind of a great leader but never really captures his deep rapport with the British people, which turned out to be one of his greatest political assets. Dunkirk takes a more populist approach.

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Robert Denerstein
Denerstein Unleashed

So the verdict is mildly mixed. Darkest Hour isn't as great as the historical moment it depicts but Oldman's performance certainly rises to the occasion.

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Adam Graham
Detroit News

"Darkest Hour" is a one man show for Oldman. And what a show it is.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Oldman's performance, like the film, reveres Churchill but doesn't glorify him.

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Daniel Barnes
Sacramento News & Review

Gary Oldman blubbers and bellows from under wads of makeup as Winston Churchill in this lifeless biopic.

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