Denial (2016)

Based on the acclaimed book History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier, DENIAL recounts Deborah E. Lipstadt's (Academy Award (R) winner Rachel Weisz) legal battle for historical truth against David Irving (Cannes Award… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 30, 2016
DVD Release Date: January 3, 2017
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: If Denial doesn't quite do its incredible story complete justice, it comes close enough to offer a satisfying, impactful drama -- and another powerful performance from Rachel Weisz.

James Berardinelli

It's strangely refreshing to watch a courtroom drama where theatricality doesn't trump meticulous examination and cross-examination.

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Liz Braun
Toronto Sun

As courtroom dramas go, Denial is somewhat sedate.

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David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf

Weisz is Streep-worthy in this somber real-life courtroom drama.

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Adam Graham
Detroit News

Hare's screenplay (based on Lipstadt's book) is smart and engaging, and veteran director Mick Jackson ("The Bodyguard") treats the material with the heft it deserves.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Ultimately "Denial' works, thanks to its strong cast - particularly Spall, who gives Irving a slightly mad gleefulness, and Weisz, whose smart, tough Deborah chafes against the quiet acquiescence expected of her.

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Eleanor Ringel Cater
Saporta Report (Atlanta)

Dull isn't always synonymous with boring. Denial certainly holds your interest. Plus, it offers a performance by Rachel Weisz that's anything but dull.

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Rafer Guzman

Facts and opinions duke it out in this thought-provoking if slightly low-key drama based on true events.

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Kate Taylor
Globe and Mail

It is a particularly difficult and complex case to dramatize and this clever film with its impressive cast mainly succeeds.

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Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane

As a good historical drama should, Denial is the kind of movie that makes you want to do more reading about the subject as you've left the cinema.

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
With exceptionally fine actors, this film should have been much better -- and certainly should have been more compelling. Poor cinematography and perhaps too… More
Glenn Gaylord
MEL GIBSON'S DAD IS A DICK - My Review of DENIAL (3 1/2 Stars) Ahhh, movies with a pedigree. The ones with top shelf actors and A-list above-the-line… More
John C
Finally a movie that tells a riveting (true) story with actors who know their craft. In my top 3 for 2016. Rachel Weisz was tenacious and Spall was terrifying.… More