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Darkest Hour (PG)

Biography, Drama, History

During the early days of World War II, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler, or fight on against incredible odds.
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The critical consensus

Churchill’s darkest hour is Gary Oldman’s finest. Gripping, touching, amusing and enlightening, his performance is the prime reason this film must be seen — but not the only one.

****(*)Dan Jolin, Empire Online, 01/12/2017

Thankfully, Darkest Hour largely steers clear of jingoism. This isn’t an uncritical celebration of British bulldog spirit but a nuanced portrait of Churchill at a key point early in the war.

****(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 11/01/2018

Oldman is sheer joy in a role which transcends an otherwise uneven affair.

Trevor Johnston, Little White Lies, 10/01/2018

The film errs on the side of sentimental and is occasionally a little too flippant for its own good but generally this is a rousing, immensely entertaining crowd--pleaser with a thoroughly mesmerising performance from Oldman in one of the finest hours of his career.

****(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 12/01/2018

Despite Gary Oldman’s Oscar-baiting performance as Churchill, an underpowered script filled with wafer-thin characterisations undermines his good work.

**(*)(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 12/01/2018

Handsomely mounted but somewhat disingenuous.

***(*)(*)Wendy Ide, The Observer, 14/01/2018

An Oscar-aimed turn from Gary Oldman anchors this WW2 portrait of Churchill at his most beleaguered. Just mind the gap.

****(*)Philip Kemp, Total Film, 08/01/2018

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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