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The Current War: Director's Cut Reviews

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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.
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.
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
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
October 24, 2019
Has the potential to get there with carefully selected incidents, but the production doesn't have the patience to permit historical conflicts time to generate their own special power.
Full Review | Original Score: C
October 25, 2019
As it stands, The Current War ably captures how a 19th-century dispute led to how we use electricity today. The story of the people who made that possible has yet to be told properly onscreen.
Full Review | Original Score: 80/100
October 27, 2019
Despite the star-studded cast, this is flaccid film-making, lacking tension and energy.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
October 25, 2019
The Current War isn't so much a failure as a puzzlement, a movie that, in my view, creates too many impediments to its fullest appreciation.
October 23, 2019
"The Current War" works well enough as a historical overview but never quite makes us care about the people at its center.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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