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Childhood of a Leader, The (12A)

Drama, Horror, Mystery

A chronicle of the childhood of a post-World War I leader.

The critical consensus

Beautifully shot if narratively underwhelming look at the early years of a fascist leader.

***(*)(*)Angie Errigo, The List, 15/08/2016

The film, shot in very dark hues, has a sombre power and twisted humour about it that is only accentuated by its elliptical narrative style.

****(*)Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent, 16/08/2016

The ending doesn’t quite land, but this timely right-wing allegory promises there’s much more to come from Corbet.

****(*)Phil De Semlyen, Empire Online, 11/08/2016

First-time director Brady Corbet’s story of a privileged, petulant 10-year-old fated to become a fascist dictator exerts a lethal grip.

*****Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 18/08/2016

A gripping, offbeat period drama with a tremendous musical score from the great Scott Walker.

****(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 19/08/2016

An ambitious tale about the rise of a fictitious dictator could do with some of the straightforward power of its brutal score.

***(*)(*)Wendy Ide, The Observer, 21/08/2016

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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