Official Secrets

critic Reviews

83% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score83%
  • Official Secrets has a familiar structure and an obvious if worthy message, but rises on the strength of Keira Knightley's powerful performance.
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    Andrea GronvallChicago Reader
    Knightley shines... in a performance that balances conviction and soul baring, and is all the more genuine for its lack of showiness.
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    Paul ByrnesSydney Morning Herald
    The script, based on a book by Marcia and Thomas Mitchell, keeps layering in complexity, refusing to go dumb. And Knightley's performance gets steelier as she struggles to overcome her fears
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    David SextonLondon Evening Standard
    [H]obbled by fidelity, spatchcocked by earnestness, this film never takes off.
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    Philip De SemlyenTime Out
    While it'll do nothing to restore trust in the august bodies that rule the land, it's a pacy, palm-clammying watch.
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    Peter BradshawGuardian
    There's something interestingly tough and forthright about this slow-burner from director and co-writer Gavin Hood.
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    Kevin MaherTimes (UK)
    There's a fascinating tension at the heart of this whistleblower drama about dubious intelligence operations on the eve of the 2003 Iraq war.
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    William VenegasLa Nación (Costa Rica)
    Official Secrets has a metaphorical impulse that goes beyond the specific. [Full Review in Spanish]
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  • Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Matt CipollaThe Spool
    So much is stuck in a proscenium: in its editing, in its music, in the greys that drown every scene. In the end, little feels discovered. It feels lectured.
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    Cameron MeierOrlando Weekly
    Even if you're one of the few stalwarts who still thinks the Iraq War was worth the agonizingly high toll ..., you will root for [Katharine] Gun because of [Keira] Knightley's astonishing ability to connect to her audience.
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    M.V. MoorheadPhoenix Magazine
    It's a lean, taut-as-a-drum political thriller with a blood-boiling theme and a fine cast that includes Ralph Fiennes, Matt Smith and Rhys Ifans, among others. But it's built, mostly, around the superbly stricken performance of Knightly.
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