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The Current War: Director's Cut Reviews

November 3, 2019
Ultimately, the film sheds light on a fascinating episode in American history; it falls short, however, of being really electric.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 28, 2019
What I think really makes this film special is that it gives more of a role to Michael Shannon as George Westinghouse and talking about the financial risks that both of these men were taking. It kind of sets up the world we see today.
October 28, 2019
A movie about its making would be compelling, dynamic and a livewire rush. The thing itself is a dead end.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 25, 2019
The Current War: The Director's Cut is visually lucid but thematically scattershot.
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
October 24, 2019
It's all a lot of effort for very little output, sadly. The Current War has lots of flashy lights and whizzy features, but it remains fatally underpowered.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 24, 2019
The score is at times stirring but "The Current War" feels like it's unsure of itself or the story it wants to tell. It has no spark.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Top Critic
October 24, 2019
This cut of The Current War packs enough cinematic flash to be a fitting homage to the inventor of the kinetograph.
October 24, 2019
As constructed by director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, the scenes are so short and choppy as to undermine the performances, making the high-wattage actors looking little more than the players in dramatic reenactments.
October 24, 2019
Sumptuous sets and handsome costumes fill this period piece. There are also a few smart parallels to today's celebrity entrepreneurs, and to a world undergoing rapid technological change.
October 24, 2019
The fervor and intelligence Cumberbatch and Shannon bring to their roles make for a gripping experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
October 23, 2019
It's a bit of a bore.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 23, 2019
Essentially a long Wikipedia rabbit hole [that] could have been punishingly boring and dry. Fortunately, Gomez-Rejon recognized this potential, and has therefore thrown a whole heck of a lot of Filmmaking at it.
October 22, 2019
Mostly, "The Current War" plays like an article in a scientific magazine - packed with nuggets of data but mostly devoid of psychological insight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 22, 2019
The movie wants very much to look at the past as a window to the future, but not as much as it wants to look at everything from endlessly, fussily canted angles.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
October 22, 2019
"The Current War" is even better than it has to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 22, 2019
I never saw the earlier version. This one remains a bit of a mess but a pretty interesting one...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 22, 2019
It all leaves a weirdly bitter taste, one that suggests it's less cool to want to leave a legacy of good deeds than it is to be famous for being first.