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.

Alexandra MacAaron
Women's Voices for Change

The movie stays true to Lipstadt's memoir and to the trial's transcripts. It becomes an intellectual exercise rather than an emotional one. And it is fascinating.

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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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Lynden Barber

All this would be far less effective without a suitably sturdy villain, and a slimmed-down Spall, while far from obvious casting in the role, displays the arrogance and self-possession necessary to make Irving a formidable opponent.

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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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Danielle Solzman
Solzy at the Movies

The scenes filmed at the camps are powerful...

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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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Matthew Bond
The Mail on Sunday (UK)

Denial spends its first 20 minutes labouring under a rather clunky, wordy screenplay... But it completely changes gear after her legal team decides to visit Auschwitz and suddenly you realise what's at stake.

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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