Critic Consensus: Churchill gets sterling work out of Brian Cox in the leading role, but it isn't enough to overcome a muddled and ultimately unsuccessful approach to an incredible real-life story.
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For all its fanciful silliness, this is an interesting and original study of a magnificent but unsaintly man raging in the dark against the dying of the light.
As this drama begins... the British prime minister is silhouetted on the horizon, a hunched, rotund figure, with his black Homburg, overcoat and cane, giving perhaps the first sign that this film will take the iconic and turn it into cliché.
The conflicts rage on. The main one is between the Masterpiece Theatre staging and the subversive revision of history. It's Brian Cox's Churchill who brings them together.
When Cox finally announces "This is the Prime Minister speaking" as he delivers his D-Day address to a waiting nation, you understand the significance of those six words exactly - both what they mean, and what they need to mean in order to mean anything.
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