The Current War: Director's Cut

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  • If it lacks the powerful voltage that its impressive cast suggests, The Current War: Director's Cut represents a significant improvement over previous versions.
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    Chris McCoyMemphis Flyer
    This is a complex story with huge historical repercussions and potentially something to say about our own late-stage capitalist moment.
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    Dann GireChicago Daily Herald
    All the inspiration of a junior high book report.
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    Andrea ChaseKiller Movie Reviews
    [S]n elegantly realized intellectual thriller which considers not only the eternal struggle between art and commerce, but also the effect of personalities on inventing the future.
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    Jim JudyScreen It!
    While it might appeal to fans of old-school science, there's nowhere near enough wattage here to light up the box office. (Full Content Review for Parents - Violence, Profanity, etc. - also Available)
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    Thelma AdamsAARP Movies for Grownups
    Despite a top-notch cast always worth watching, for a drama with war in its title, there's a lot of smoke and minimal fire.
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    Devesh SharmaFilmfare
    The production and costume design is world-class and so is the CGI recreation of a bygone era. The Chicago fair lights up like a fairytale castle when the light comes on, showing us a glimpse of the awe people present then must have felt.
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    Eleanor Ringel CaterSaporta Report (Atlanta)
    'The Current War: Director's Cut" is impressive in so many ways. Sadly, it's not the movie it could've been. But I've seen much worse. And so have you.
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    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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    Nguyen LeThe Young Folks
    In lieu of impact, 'The Current War' compensates, perhaps too handsomely, with energy. Gomez-Rejon's direction never fails to invigorate the film...
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    Matt BrunsonFilm Frenzy
    This is fascinating material, but it's also, perhaps unavoidably, too much material for one movie to adequately tackle.
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