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Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk: Critics’ Reviews.

The wait is over. Dunkirk critics’ reviews are finally here. Just two days before the release date in many countries (Belgium, France, Norway, Serbia, and Sweden), and on limited release in United States, critics reviews embargo is finally lifted. Few days ago the social media embargo was lifted and some critics shared some of their thoughts on twitter. Today we get a chance to read their full reviews. In a new experience, Nolan is directing a World War II Drama movie starring Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh, Mark Rylance, Cillian Murphy, and Harry Styles. The movie tells the story of the evacuation of Dunkirk, France (Dunkerque), between May 26 and June 04, 1940, during Battle of France in World War II. Dunkirk is expected to top the box office chart, opening alongside Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.

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Here are Dunkirk critics’ reviews:

Screen International – Fionnuala Halligan.

“There may be money on the screen, but cash alone can’t guarantee this kind of pulsating, cinematic magic, delivered by a director at the height of his powers, mustering the very best at their craft.”

Village Voice – Bilge Ebiri.

“Nolan fully embraces the power of visual storytelling in Dunkirk.”

Variety – Peter Debruge.

“This is what audiences want from a Nolan movie, of course, as a master of the fantastic leaves his mark on historical events for the first time.”

Tampa Bay Times – Steve Persall.

“Dunkirk is a staggering feat of filmmaking, as Nolan’s fans are accustomed. Van Hoytema’s cinematography conveys death trap closeness even with IMAX cameras on a vast beach. Hans Zimmer again proves himself a masterfully dramatic composer, turning violins into the sound of spiraling aircraft. The performances are solid as such Nolan’s vision requires, including pop star Harry Styles briefly.”

The Hollywood Reporter – Todd McCarthy.

“Dunkirk is an impressionist masterpiece. These are not the first words you expect to see applied to a giant-budgeted summer entertainment made by one of the industry’s most dependably commercial big-name directors. But this is a war film like few others, one that may employ a large and expensive canvas but that conveys the whole through isolated, brilliantly realized, often private moments more than via sheer spectacle, although that is here too.”

Total Film – Jane Crowther.

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

The Telegraph – Robbie Collin.

“Christopher Nolan’s astonishing new film…is a work of heart-hammering intensity and grandeur that demands to be seen on the best and biggest screen within reach. But its spectacle doesn’t stop at the recreations of Second World War combat. Like all great war films, it’s every bit as transfixing up close.”

Empire – Nick de Semlyen.

“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.”

Entertainment Weekly – Chris Nashawaty.

“This is visceral, big-budget filmmaking that can be called Art. It’s also, hands down, the best motion picture of the year so far.”

The Guardian – Peter Bradshaw.

“This is a powerful, superbly crafted film with a story to tell, avoiding war porn in favour of something desolate and apocalyptic, a beachscape of shame, littered with soldiers zombified with defeat, a grimly male world with hardly any women on screen. It is Nolan’s best film so far.”

The Playlist – Drew Taylor.

“There have been countless films this summer that have engaged in endless spectacle but Dunkirk is the rare blockbuster that will leave a bruise.”

Indiewire – David Ehrlich.

“Few movies have so palpably conveyed the sheer isolation of fear, and the extent to which history is often made by people who are just trying to survive it — few movies have so vividly illustrated that one man can only do as much for his country as a country can do for one of its men.”

Movie Nation – Roger Moore.

“Great directors make great movies. And with Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan has made his second masterpiece, thrilling history retold, remembered and relished.”

TheWrap – Alonso Duralde.

“Nolan has crafted a film that’s sensational in every sense of the word; it aims for both the heart and the head, to be sure, but arrives there via the central nervous system.”

IGN – Daniel Krupa.

“Dunkirk is a monumental, unconventional, and frequently stunning war movie.”

New York Daily News – Stephen Whitty.

“Let other directors play with toy soldiers and computer effects. This is big-time, old-school filmmaking. Dunkirk isn’t overdone. It’s simply done epically…But it’s also human. It has room for small acts of heroism, of kindness, of forgiveness. And for a single, simple important, timeless message of resilience: Take what comes. Do what you can. Never surrender.”

USA Today – Brian Truitt.

“Dunkirk is also one of the best-scored films in recent memory, and Hans Zimmer’s music plays as important a role as any character. With shades of Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations, the melodies are glorious, yet Zimmer also creates an instrumental ticking-clock soundtrack that’s a propulsive force in the action scenes.”

Time Out London – Dave Calhoun.

“The action is the attraction. If that means some of the film feels a little distant and chilly, it’s in the admirable service of avoiding simplistic drama or easy sentiment.”

Chicago Tribune – Michael Phillips.

“With a bare minimum of dialogue, and a brutal maximum of scenes depicting near-drowning situations in and around Dunkirk, France, in late May and early June 1940, Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk is a unique waterboarding of a film experience.”

ScreenCrush – Matt Singer.

“Dunkirk would have been even better, though, if any of the characters seemed as fully realized as the aerial and naval warfare. Without that, it works best as pure sensory experience; incredible visuals, intense battles. In the rare quiet moments, we’re invited to observe an unusual instrument featured in Hans Zimmer’s score: The ticking of a clock, a reminder that while Nolan can change the march of time, his heroes cannot.”


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  • Synopsis: 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.
  • Director: Christopher Nolan.
  • Cast: Fionn Whitehead, Kenneth Branagh, Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Harry Styles, James D’Arcy, Aneurin Barnard, Jack Lowden, and Barry Keoghan.
  • Genres: Action, Drama, Thriller, History, and War.
  • Release Date: July 21, 2017.
  • Runtime: 1h 47min.
  • Rating: PG-13.

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