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Their Finest

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United Kingdom, Sweden · 2017
Rated R · 1h 57m
Director Lone Scherfig
Starring Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy, Richard E. Grant
Genre Romance, War, Comedy, Drama

During the Blitz of World War II, a female screenwriter works on a film celebrating England's resilience as a way to buoy a weary populace's spirits. Her efforts to dramatise the true story of two sisters who undertook their own maritime mission to rescue wounded soldiers are met with mixed feelings by a dismissive all-male staff.

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What are people saying?

Teddy Pierce Profile picture for Teddy Pierce

It isn't easy to make a movie about writers and writing, so I was impressed with how the film makes the act of writing exciting by showing the movie the writers see in their head as they write, but also, in the first scene when Catherine goes into the writers office and the dialogue shoots back and forth with rapid cuts, it sweeps the viewer and Catherine up in the rhythm as she spins back and forth and the film cuts rapid-fire.

What are critics saying?


Village Voice by Abbey Bender

The combined charms of Britishness and nostalgia often prove a potent blend for American moviegoers, but Their Finest could have delivered something more.


Screen International by Allan Hunter

Director Lone Scherfig’s sentimental approach favours easy laughs and warm romance but the film starts to cut a little deeper in its closing stages.


Variety by Andrew Barker

Their Finest is the sort of crowd-pleaser that knows the difference between satisfying its viewers and flattering them, all the while showcasing surprising performances from Gemma Arterton and Sam Claflin, and an entirely unsurprising one from Bill Nighy — a master scene-stealer pulling off yet another brazen heist.


The Film Stage by Daniel Schindel

The movie makes a game attempt to resonate as something stronger than a typical period romance, wringing its wartime setting for all the pathos it can manage. But even the horrors of the Blitz feel too gentle here.


IndieWire by David Ehrlich

The romantic scenes are cute, but they feel at odds with the drama. The laughs land like chuckles, the love registers as mere fondness, and the salient observation that countries recast themselves during wartime is reduced to a fleeting detail.


The Hollywood Reporter by David Rooney

While the strong ensemble cast is Their Finest's most valuable asset, the movie also looks quite handsome on what appears to be a modest budget, and includes some delightful glimpses of how screen effects were achieved way back in those handcrafted days.


The Guardian by Nigel M Smith

At its core, it’s really just a workplace love story that grows increasingly uninterested in its plucky heroine’s journey in favour of hitting familiar rom-com notes – and to give audiences another reason to love Bill Nighy.


The Playlist by Noel Murray

The charming, rousing WWII romance Their Finest is a film that openly stumps for two causes: the value of women in the workplace, and the power of cinema to tell stories that people need to hear.

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