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Dunkirk

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United Kingdom, Netherlands, France

2017

Rated PG-13 • 1h 47m

Director Christopher Nolan

Starring Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Aneurin Barnard, Jack Lowden

Genre War, Action, Drama

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In 1940, cut off and surrounded, it looked as if only a miracle could save the Allied soldiers from the encroaching German army. This film tells the inspiring, true story of the Allied troops' evacuation from the beaches of Dunkirk--a feat that would come to represent a vital turning point in World War II.

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WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING?

Lily Bradfield Profile picture for Lily Bradfield

This movie really captures the feeling of terror experiences in the war. Sparse dialogue paired with Hoytema's stunning cinematography paint a stunning and incredibly moving picture of the battle at Dunkirk.

Eddie Godino Profile picture for Eddie Godino

Christopher Nolan once again showcases his directorial prowess with Dunkirk, a series of non-linear vignettes from various perspectives during the Battle of Dunkirk in the Second World War. This film isn't driven by characters or plot so much as the feeling of war itself, and the different narrative angles make it a truly well-rounded experience. Fans of Nolan's filmography and war movies in general should definitely give this a watch.

Teddy Pierce Profile picture for Teddy Pierce

Christopher Nolan does it again, consistently proving himself one of the best filmmakers of his generation. The definition of an auteur, he is able to craft films that are at once deeply personal to his interests (often involving time and memory), and massively commercially successful. Don't forget Hans Zimmer's heart-pounding score either.

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WHAT ARE CRITICS SAYING?

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IGN by

Dunkirk is a monumental, unconventional, and frequently stunning war movie.
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TheWrap by 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.
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USA Today by 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.
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IndieWire by 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.
100

The Playlist by 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.
100

Empire by 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.
100

The Guardian by 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.
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The Telegraph by 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.
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Movie Nation by Roger Moore

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

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