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Churchill (2017)



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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Tensions mount for the beleaguered British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Brian Cox) in the days leading up to infamous Allied D-Day landings in Normandy, France in June, 1944. Fearful of repeating his deadly mistakes from World War I in the Battle of Gallipoli, exhausted by years of war, plagued by depression and obsessed with his historical destiny, Churchill is reluctant to embark on the large-scale campaign, one that the entire war effort hinges upon. Clashing with his Allied political opponents U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower (John Slattery) and British Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery (Julian Wadham), the troubled Churchill receives support and devotion from his wife, the brilliant and unflappable Clementine Churchill (Miranda Richardson). With her strength and shrewdness, "Clemmie" halts Winston's physical, mental spiritual collapse and inspires him on to greatness.

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Brian Cox
as Winston Churchill
Miranda Richardson
as Clementine Churchill
John Slattery
as Dwight Eisnehower
James Purefoy
as King George VI

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All Critics (116) | Top Critics (28)

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.

June 18, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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.

June 15, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
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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.

June 15, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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.

June 15, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Well, it's watchable.

June 14, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Cox gives a fascinating performance even if the film itself is on the lugubrious side.

June 14, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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