The Current War: Director's Cut

critic Reviews

60% Fresh Tomatometer Score60%
  • If it lacks the powerful voltage that its impressive cast suggests, The Current War: Director's Cut represents a significant improvement over previous versions.
  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Mary SollosiEntertainment Weekly
    Ultimately, the film sheds light on a fascinating episode in American history; it falls short, however, of being really electric.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    M. FaustThe Public (Buffalo)
    The acting and the cinematic panache are enough to repay your ticket cost, but I was left thinking I would have learned more from a good New Yorker article on the same topic.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Amy NicholsonFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    What I think really makes this film special is that it gives more of a role to Michael Shannon as George Westinghouse and talking about the financial risks that both of these men were taking. It kind of sets up the world we see today.
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  • Rotten Tomatometer Score
    David FearRolling Stone
    A movie about its making would be compelling, dynamic and a livewire rush. The thing itself is a dead end.
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    David EdelsteinNew York Magazine/Vulture
    The Current War: The Director's Cut is visually lucid but thematically scattershot.
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    Richard RoeperChicago Sun-Times
    Even the likes of Thomas Edison would have to go back to the lab and do some tinkering to make this one shine.
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  • Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Frank J. AvellaEdge Media Network
    Shamefully, the women in the film don't seem to matter a damn. Neither spouse (played by Tuppence Middleton and Katherine Waterston) is given enough to do. It's ironic and telling that this was one of the last Weinstein Company films.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Alejandro AlemánEl Universal
    All the right choices make the movie interesting. [Full Review in Spanish]
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    Jesus PalaciosFotogramas
    An epic reconstruction of one of the most crucial moments in the history of science and modern technologies. [Full Review in Spanish]
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Louisa MooreScreen Zealots
    A compelling tug of war story that remains engaging due to the film's visual style and the strong performances from the lead actors.
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