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At Theaters: 11/22/2017 On Video:
Rated: PG-13 Length: 2 hr. 05 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 601085
Studio: Focus Features
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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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Drama War - This is not a standard birth-to-death biopic of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill but focuses on one notable stretch of his tenure during WWII. This is more or less a one-man show for star Gary Oldman as Churchill with everyone and everything else quite secondary. Some language and adult subject matter make the film not for kids, who would not be interested anyhow. The film is a bit lighter in tone than one would expect though is ultimately a serious historical piece.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Gary Oldman THE HITMAN'S BODYGUARD, MAN DOWN
Kristin Scott Thomas THE INVISIBLE WOMAN, ONLY GOD FORGIVES
Ben Mendelsohn MISSISSIPPI GRIND, BLACK SEA
Director: Joe Wright PAN, ANNA KARENINA, HANNA, THE SOLOIST, ATONEMENT
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PROFANITY: 1 S-word; very few others.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: None.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent alcohol and tobacco.
ACTION: Brief war combat.
COMEDY: Some comic lines and situations centered on senior citizens.
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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Good Darkest Hour is easily the better movie. World War II students will appreciate its attention to detail and the way it shows how close the world came to disaster even before the blitz began.

Roger Ebert Full Review
Excellent While Gary Oldman's phenomenal work as Winston Churchill had been heralded in advance, it is astonishingly equaled by the film's achievements in direction, screenwriting, score and cinematography.

NY Post Full Review
Good For a more convincing (if selectively edited) portrait in heroism, look no further than 'Darkest Hour.'

Rolling Stone Full Review
Very Good The victory of Darkest Hour as a film is not just to hear those word repeated, but to discover the flawed human being who carved those words out of the dark night of his own soul.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 81 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
4
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
1
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
1
High
100%
30+Adults (M)
32
High
97%
30+Adults (F)
43
High
100%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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Moviegoer Opinions:

Based on a theater exit polling of 81 moviegoers:
FANTASTIC REVIEWS! All ages, both males and females, LOVED "DARKEST HOUR." Apparently, most everyone knew this was going to be a rather slow, dialog heavy historical drama because I don't see the usual lower reviews typical with this type of movie. It's unusual to see reviews this high for any movie, but for this type of movie, it's exceptional.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
A witty and brilliant statesman, Churchill is a stalwart member of Parliament but at age 65 is an unlikely candidate for Prime Minister; however the situation in Europe is desperate. With Allied nations continuing to fall against Nazi troops, and with the entire British army stranded in France, Churchill is named to the position with urgency on May 10th, 1940.

As the threat of invasion of the UK by Hitler's forces looms and 300,000 British soldiers cornered in Dunkirk, Churchill finds his own party plotting against him and King George VI (Emmy Award winner Ben Mendelsohn) skeptical that his new Prime Minister can rise to the challenge. He is confronted with the ultimate choice: negotiate a peace treaty with Nazi Germany and save the British people at a terrible cost or fight on against incredible odds.

With the support of his wife of 31 years, Clemmie (Academy Award nominee Kristin Scott Thomas), Churchill looks to the British people to inspire him to stand firm and fight for his nation's ideals, liberty, and freedom. Putting his power with words to the ultimate test, with the help of his tireless secretary (Lily James), Winston must write and deliver speeches that will rally a nation. As Winston withstands his own darkest hour, he attempts to change the course of world history forever.
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