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Dunkirk (12A)

Action, Drama, History

Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, Canada, and France are surrounded by the German army and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.

The critical consensus

A spare, propulsive, ever-intensifying combat thriller, Nolan's history lesson is both a rousing celebration of solidarity and the tensest beach-set film since Jaws.

*****Nick De Semlyen, Empire Online, 18/07/2017

Haunting, thrilling and emotional, Dunkirk is a prestige pic with guts and glory that demands multiple views. Especially in IMAX.

*****Jane Crowther, Total Film, 18/07/2017

It’s a visceral piece of film-making.

*****Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 17/07/2017

Incomparably immersive, Dunkirk does admirable justice to its story – it's a film that never lets up, never surrenders.

****(*)Emma Simmonds, The List, 18/07/2017

Gorgeous, gruelling, strangely ungratifying.

Adam Woodward, Little White Lies, 19/07/2017

It is made in hyper-realistic fashion and with such intensity that it leaves most other recent Second World War movies looking very insipid by comparison.

*****Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 19/07/2017

Dunkirk brings a lump to the throat and a tear to the eye. Highly recommended.

*****Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 21/07/2017

One of the many striking things about Dunkirk is how brilliantly Christopher Nolan redefines what epic cinema means. Contained rather than expansive, this is a film that uses scale to intensify the immediacy of the experience, not drag it out with endless money shots, meandering dialogue, rote flashbacks and needless character development.

*****Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 20/07/2017

Christopher Nolan is back to his best with this spectacular second world war action epic.

****(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 23/07/2017

Features about Dunkirk (12A)

Dunkirk: The real words of these British soldiers will reduce you to tears and terror.

Stefan Kyriazis, Daily Express, 07/07/2017

Dunkirk: Christopher Nolan reveals the pitch that convinced a dubious studio.

Clarisse Loughrey, The Independent, 09/07/2017

How Christopher Nolan's film found real war ships for epic battle scenes.

Chris Evans, The Independent, 17/07/2017

Christopher Nolan on Dunkirk--video.

The Guardian, 18/07/2017

Why the miracle of Dunkirk moves me to tears.

Lori Anderson, The Scotsman, 19/07/2017

With Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan has finally hit the heights of Kubrick.

Andrew Pulver, The Guardian, 19/07/2017

Dunkirk: power, patriotism and Harry Styles on screen--discuss with spoilers.

Ben Child, The Guardian, 21/07/2017

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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