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Official Secrets Reviews

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January 16, 2020
So much is stuck in a proscenium: in its editing, in its music, in the greys that drown every scene. In the end, little feels discovered. It feels lectured.
September 13, 2019
More effective stories deal with people that feel real, and Official Secrets never quite proves itself authentic.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
September 3, 2019
It never rises to the heights of its lofty aspirations.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
September 19, 2019
Keira Knightley is excellent in Official Secrets, but there's no sense of tension or thrill here, no propulsive thrust forward, in the surprisingly dull whistleblower drama.
January 31, 2019
Official Secrets is a too-polished and pedantic film that lacks any kind of identity and is ultimately a failed attempt at relitigating an important time in political history.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
January 29, 2019
Director Gavin Hood tells an unremarkable story about Katherine Gun's remarkable bravery.
Full Review | Original Score: C
August 27, 2019
So much of Gregory Bernstein, Sara Bernstein and Gavin Hood's screenplay arrives with a thud that it might've been written with clenched fists. Knightley's overwrought performance doesn't help either.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 5, 2019
Will the world remember this whistleblower's tale? Maybe, but it won't remember this movie.
October 28, 2019
Although the story although comprehensible, has more in common with a report that would barely make Tony Blair shake in terror. [Full Review in Spanish]
September 6, 2019
Official Secrets is an effective entry in a genre that has outlived its usefulness...the film falters when it depends on character rather than procedure.
September 13, 2019
Official Secrets is a pretty sorry substitute for predecessors like Spotlight and Snowden, which were both pretty sorry in their own right.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
February 1, 2019
Official Secretsfails to present this topic in a cinematically pleasing way, despite an all-star cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
September 1, 2019
Keira Knightley delivers a stalwart performance in Official Secrets that is not able to salvage the bland history lesson direction from Gavin Hood
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 18, 2019
But what's the point of all that furious profanity, all those feet on desks, if nothing changes?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 18, 2019
[H]obbled by fidelity, spatchcocked by earnestness, this film never takes off.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 4, 2019
Nothing especially objectionable about Knightley's typically urgent portrayal of this brave, righteous soul... But the grim mechanics of Kat's ordeal coat the putatively thrilling, perilous tale in dull bureaucratic shades of gray.
September 6, 2019
It's difficult to become immersed in a film in which far too many characters sound like they're reciting talking points and not delivering authentic dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 13, 2019
There's plenty of drama inherent in the events of this film, but you'd never know it from the final product.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
August 29, 2019
The characters are malnourished and Hood's attempts to build suspense often fall flat because he leans hard on genre conventions, on dark shadows, ominous music and abrupt sounds straight from a horror flick.
August 30, 2019
Proves to be a curiously dull and dramatically inert retelling of the story.
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