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Darkest Hour (2017)



Critic 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.

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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 Dunkirk, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the leadership of the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Academy Award nominee Gary Oldman). While maneuvering his political rivals, he must confront the ultimate choice: negotiate with Hitler and save the British people at a terrible cost or rally the nation and fight on against incredible odds. Directed by Joe Wright, DARKEST HOUR is the dramatic and inspiring story of four weeks in 1940 during which Churchill's courage to lead changed the course of world history.

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Gary Oldman
as Winston Churchill
Kristin Scott Thomas
as Clementine Churchill
Stephen Dillane
as Viscount Halifax
Ronald Pickup
as Neville Chamberlain
Ben Mendelsohn
as King George VI
Lily James
as Elizabeth Nel

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Critic Reviews for Darkest Hour

All Critics (306) | Top Critics (52)

Oldman delivers the greatest-hit speeches not just with mastery of cadence but with enough raw power to make the exceedingly familiar sound fresh.

January 12, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Who wouldn't want to see the Nazis taken to task by George Smiley, Count Dracula and Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg?

January 11, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

This isn't an uncritical celebration of British bulldog spirit but a nuanced portrait of Churchill at a key point early in the war.

January 10, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's an amazing performance: the only star turn I've seen in which a famous actor visible in nearly every scene would be unrecognisable if we didn't know his name already.

January 10, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Oldman is sheer joy in a role which transcends an otherwise uneven affair.

January 10, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

"Darkest Hour" is a straightforward, day-by-day depiction of world-changing events, told with meticulous simplicity.

December 18, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Darkest Hour

Gary Oldman delivers another great performance but in a superficial film that doesn't even try to escape the typical clichés found in so many biographies. Full review on filmotrope. com

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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This movie banks heavily on Gary Oldman's performance and makeup artist, and while they both do a great job, it's not enough to pull this film together. Oldman's performance, in both his speeches and his interactions with the other actors, is more admirable than it is entertaining, and the narrative drags and turns for seemingly no reason. The final line of the screenplay is great, and almost justifies all of its flaws, but there are just too many flaws in it to overcome.

Sanjay Rema
Sanjay Rema

Super Reviewer


The best about this look at the weeks when Churchill became prime minister in Britain, just as Hitler was conquering Western Europe, is that it doesn't mess up the telling. At the same time it telegraphs every single scene, and one can perceive some of the dramatis as little more than nationalist rhetoric with a eye towards the Academy Awards. The failure here is that the work is not as good as is advertised. On its own, away from the hoopla, it will become a schoolroom assignment the students will hate the teachers for, but some might actually learn something from.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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