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Denial

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United Kingdom, United States

2016

Rated PG-13 • 1h 49m

Director Mick Jackson

Starring Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Spall, Andrew Scott

Genre Drama, History

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Acclaimed writer and historian Deborah E. Lipstadt must battle for historical truth to prove the Holocaust actually occurred when David Irving, a renowned denier, sues her for libel.

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75

IndieWire by David Ehrlich

A simple courtroom drama that never betrays its convictions, the film is a basic but bitterly urgent reminder that history is far more fluid than fact, a garden that must be tended to at all times lest it wither and grow weeds.
80

The Hollywood Reporter by Deborah Young

Rachel Weisz’s arresting, combative Lipstadt, a shining woman warrior, is a role she will be remembered for, while as her antagonist Timothy Spall (Mr. Turner) makes a spookily stubborn, thoroughly despicable, but still human Irving.
50

The Playlist by Gregory Ellwood

What’s most disturbing is Jackson’s pedestrian direction has resulted in a film that barely recognizes how powerful this is in contemporary society.
75

The Film Stage by Jordan Ruimy

While Denial doesn’t do anything new on a technical side, it is fully aware of its gripping plot, one that welcomely avoids pushing its inherent clichés to the forefront of its story.
40

The Guardian by Nigel M Smith

Under the workmanlike direction of Mick Jackson (The Bodyguard), what should have been a rousing and ragingly topical crowdpleaser, instead feels more like a Lifetime movie.
75

Slant Magazine by Oleg Ivanov

Denial shows that people’s misfortunes need not preclude them from living virtuous lives founded on basic human decency.
50

Variety by Owen Gleiberman

For all the powerful relevance of its subject, Denial, directed by Mick Jackson from a script by David Hare, never finds its grip. It’s a curiously awkward and slipshod movie that winds up being about nothing so much as the perverse, confounding eccentricities of the British legal system.
100

Observer by Rex Reed

Another illuminating performance by Rachel Weisz and a brilliant screenplay by the distinguished British playwright David Hare make Denial one of the most powerful and riveting courtroom dramas ever made.
70

New York Daily News by Stephen Whitty

The action inside the courtroom is compelling. This is a place where people duel with words, not swords, but the wounds can be just as deep and permanent.

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