The Current War

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  • The Current War is powered by an outstanding cast and an intriguing, history-inspired story, which makes this drama's low wattage all the more shocking.
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    Pat BrownSlant Magazine
    The film falls back on the myth of modernity being born in the laps of practical, native-born American ingenuity.
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    Dustin ChaseTexas Art & Film
    The Current War is a botched screenplay with too many hands in the kitchen. One of TIFF 2017'a biggest duds.
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    Paula Fleri-SolerTimes of Malta
    If the story doesn't quite gel, and the characters are not given the depth they deserve, at least the performances are strong enough to keep the audience's interests from fading.
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    Brian Lloydentertainment.ie
    For a movie that's supposed to be about invention, progress and the dawn of the future, 'The Current War' is absolutely none of these things.
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    Freda CooperThe People's Movies
    A film that could easily slip into cinemas and then slip out again. That would be a loss. For cinema fans, it comes with built-in curiosity value, but it also has more than enough to make it worth the effort.
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    Linda MarricScreenwords
    Overall, The Current War is a robustly acted, if slightly muddled historical drama which could have benefited greatly from a stronger narrative direction.
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    Clarisse LoughreyIndependent (UK)
    The Current War seems to have suffered from its tumultuous production history. Or, just maybe, it was always destined to be this ungainly.
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    Ed WhitfieldThe Ooh Tray
    The Current War is highly stylised and edited for pace, ensuring that even the most obtuse teen will be carried along by the bombastic staging and heightened performances.
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    Jamie EastThe Sun (UK)
    Too many sub plots (The electric chair! Trade fairs!) and weird dream sequences detect from what should have really lit up the screen (ha!).
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    Alison RowatThe Herald (Scotland)
    There is no getting away from the fact that large stretches of dialogue are taken up with explaining what each inventor was trying to achieve. It takes a particular talent to make electricity generation interesting and such skill is not in evidence here.
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