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At Theaters: 10/25/2019 On Video:
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 47 min.
Internet: None Found Movie ID: 601434
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Thomas Edison, the celebrity inventor on the verge of bringing electricity to Manhattan with his radical new DC technology. On the eve of triumph, his plans are upended by charismatic businessman George Westinghouse, who believes he and his partner, the upstart genius Nikolai Tesla, have a superior idea for how to rapidly electrify America: with AC current. As Edison and Westinghouse grapple for who will power the nation, they spark one of the first and greatest corporate feuds in American history, establishing for future Titans of Industry the need to break all the rules.
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Drama - This is a historical drama aimed at older adults. Fans of Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon will find plenty to enjoy here, but those of Tom Holland, Katherine Waterston, and Nicholas Hoult may be disappointed by their much smaller roles. Some disturbing violence and subject matter make the film not for kids, who would not be interested anyhow.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Benedict Cumberbatch THE GRINCH, DOCTOR STRANGE, BLACK MASS
Michael Shannon WHAT THEY HAD, 12 STRONG, THE SHAPE OF WATER
Nicholas Hoult TOLKIEN, COLLIDE, MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
Director: Alfonson Gomez-Rejon ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL
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Not provided by studio.
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 2 GD's; a few others.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: A horse electrocution and a hanging.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent alcohol and tobacco.
ACTION: None.
COMEDY: None.
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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Average ...the material is flat (even though it's mostly accurate from an historical perspective) – and I say that as someone with a strong engineering background who would theoretically be "plugged into” this sort of story. The average viewer isn't going to care about the differences between Westinghouse's AC and Edison's DC.

Roger Ebert Full Review
Average Despite the star wattage on screen, the movie as a whole remains sadly dull. Cumberbatch and Shannon, who've made their names by taking chances with daring roles, are frustratingly hampered by a script that doesn't allow either of them nearly enough of an opportunity to shine.

USA Today Full Review
Below Average It's all mind-numbingly dull, and critics have exhausted every electrical pun known to man in saying that "Current War" "lacks spark."

Rolling Stone Full Review
Below Average Delayed A-list drama about Edison and Westinghouse competing to bring electricity to the masses arrives in a ‘Director's Cut'—and is still slightly D.O.A. It's not a bad film, just a generically bland one.

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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