Denial

Denial

Denial

Courtroom drama from the director of The Bodyguard, starring Academy Award-winner Rachel Weisz as a writer being sued for libel by a renowned Holocaust denier (Timothy Spall).

"David Irving (Spall), once a well-regarded military historian, courted controversy when he began citing the pseudoscientific Leuchter report as proof that the Holocaust was a hoax. Lipstadt (Weisz) explicitly labelled him a denier in her 1993 book Denying the Holocaust, and he sued her for libel. But since the burden of proof in English libel law lies with the accused, it bizarrely fell to Lipstadt and her legal team to demonstrate that one of the defining events of the century did indeed transpire." (Toronto International Film Festival)

2016Rating: M, Occasional coarse language110 minsUSA, UK
DramaTrue Story & BiographyHistorical
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

The crucial thing missing is what should be the essence of a courtroom drama: our immersion in how Lipstadt's lawyers stake out their strategy.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

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You wonder if the material would have been more effective as a courtroom procedural adapted for the stage.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

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Patches of it are so ludicrously hammy it plays like one of those unbearably corny fake films teased at the beginning of Tropic Thunder.

2.0
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Stuff

Stuff

press

A compelling courtroom drama peppered with some truly sublime performances.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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Because Hare's script grapples with serious themes and singular events whose ramifications are still being felt, it is effective when it counts.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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A compelling, true courtroom drama touches on the lingering pain of the Holocaust.

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FilmInk

FilmInk

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The court hearings are almost unbelievable and yet are lifted, verbatim, from the records.

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Collider

Collider

press

It's frustrating to see a movie that's so perfect for the age in which we live and yet bungles its narrative so completely.

0

The nature of truth and the power to manipulate it have long been contentious themes in history and cinema. The outstanding film Denial (2016) resonates loudly in today’s post-truth world where power is often used to create alternate realities. It is a film that portrays denialism as a dangerous and perverse form of moral corruption, something that may be...

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

The crucial thing missing is what should be the essence of a courtroom drama: our immersion in how Lipstadt's lawyers stake out their strategy.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

You wonder if the material would have been more effective as a courtroom procedural adapted for the stage.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Patches of it are so ludicrously hammy it plays like one of those unbearably corny fake films teased at the beginning of Tropic Thunder.

2.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

A compelling courtroom drama peppered with some truly sublime performances.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Because Hare's script grapples with serious themes and singular events whose ramifications are still being felt, it is effective when it counts.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A compelling, true courtroom drama touches on the lingering pain of the Holocaust.

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

The court hearings are almost unbelievable and yet are lifted, verbatim, from the records.

0
Collider

Collider

press

It's frustrating to see a movie that's so perfect for the age in which we live and yet bungles its narrative so completely.

0

The nature of truth and the power to manipulate it have long been contentious themes in history and cinema. The outstanding film Denial (2016) resonates loudly in today’s post-truth world where power is often used to create alternate realities. It is a film that portrays denialism as a dangerous and perverse form of moral corruption, something that may be...

4.0
0