The Current War: Director's Cut

critic Reviews

, 61% Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • 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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    Sandra HallSydney Morning Herald
    It's a dizzying menu, aimed at eliminating any hint of fustiness and show that this is a story as modern as the rivalry between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. And I suppose it is. But it's also absorbing enough not to need any artificial means of support.
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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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    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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    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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    Joanne LaurierWorld Socialist Web Site
    The Current War is instructive and lively, bolstered by the talents of Cumberbatch and Shannon in particular.
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    Bill NewcottMovies For The Rest Of Us
    Benedict Cumberbatch as boyish, blustery Edison and Michael Shannon as the reserved, ruminative Westinghouse - provide the juice to make this history lesson shine.
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    Yasser MedinaCinemaficionados
    It doesn't matter that it has some ironic dialogues and remarkable moments with the acting duel, it's evident that it loses energy in the second half. [Full review in Spanish]
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    Bob BloomJournal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
    Overall, the movie lacks the voltage necessary to relate this epic tale in the manner it deserves.
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