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The Current War: Director's Cut Reviews

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February 25, 2020
Shamefully, the women in the film don't seem to matter a damn. Neither spouse (played by Tuppence Middleton and Katherine Waterston) is given enough to do. It's ironic and telling that this was one of the last Weinstein Company films.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
March 18, 2020
Given the drama and determination behind the film, one could readily assume it's a drama worthy of its trouble. You'd think, wouldn't you?
November 1, 2019
Uneven and downright odd cinematography plague The Current War as well, a fact made all the more unsatisfying by a brilliantly conceived segment near the conclusion.
October 23, 2019
Mitnick's script is as focused on moving the plot forward as the inevitable march of progress Edison and Westinghouse's competition represents.
October 25, 2019
But the odds have been stacked against box office success for this movie from the onset.
March 20, 2020
All the hallmarks of an Oscar contender are here, but the end result is such a terrible bore, beset by a dull screenplay that sucks the life out of this dazzling piece of history.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 23, 2019
"The Current War: Director's Cut" starts off pretty engagingly, but that momentum wears off quickly. After the first fifteen minutes or so, the next 90 become a bit of a slog.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 28, 2019
Ultimately, The Current War finds itself a victim of expectations. Everything on paper should see this film be a rousing success. However, in stylistic choices made behind the camera and a convoluted script overwhelm the action on screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 28, 2019
The movie has no idea what it wants to be.
March 3, 2020
Rejon does his best to liven up the material, employing all manner of stylistic flourishes - some delightful, some distracting, but can't overcome a script trying to do too much at once and not achieving much of any of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 25, 2019
"The Current War" is competent, if lacking any verve, but it should be considered a win for the film that it's hitting major theaters during a crowded awards season.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 22, 2019
The cumulative effect is eye-rollingly distracting and made all the more frustrating by Chung Chung-hoon's luminous photography.
October 24, 2019
Ironically, the film ends with an epilogue mentioning how Thomas Edison was essentially responsible for the invention of motion pictures; he might regret doing such a thing if he saw this biopic
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 24, 2019
As meager as the story may be, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's eye for visual and musical flare does make up for some of The Current War Director's Cut's flaws.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
March 26, 2020
How exactly did so many name players and such apparently prestige material add up to something so weirdly unilluminating?
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
October 30, 2019
With every scene, the director seems to shoot for the relatability, artistic daring and historical gravitas that Steven Spielberg combined in Lincoln, yet the result is more like Bohemian Rhapsody without the music.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
October 23, 2019
It's a bit of a bore.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 24, 2019
A fantastic ensemble barrels through the plot like a steam engine of old. The result is a CliffsNotes/Wikipedia portrayal of seminal historical events.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
October 25, 2019
Even the likes of Thomas Edison would have to go back to the lab and do some tinkering to make this one shine.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 15, 2019
All the inspiration of a junior high book report.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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