Six Minutes to Midnight

Six Minutes to Midnight

Six Minutes to Midnight

A horrific discovery at a school for the daughters of the Nazi elite leads to a series of deadly events in this true story war drama starring Eddie Izzard and Judi Dench.

The new English teacher (Izzard) at the Augusta-Victoria College (whose stern headmistress is played by Dench) soon finds himself running for his life from the police when the body of a former teacher is discovered.

2020Rating: M, Mature themes and violence99 minsUK
DramaTrue Story & BiographyWarHistorical

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Six Minutes to Midnight / Reviews

Financial Times

Financial Times

How it could have taken British cinema... until now to get to such a tantalising nugget? The answer might be suggested by the stodge of the results here.

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Vulture

Vulture

The word you're looking for is ... nein.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

There’s a perfunctory feel to its chases, shootouts, close calls and shadowy behaviors, as well as to the often transparent dialogue.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Eddie Izzard... is bizarrely miscast in a deadpan-serious acting role for this weird, strained, second world war spy melodrama...

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The New York Times

The New York Times

The double-crosses are depicted by (Goddard) with better-than-average craft, but the more the movie leans into old suspense conventions the more interest it loses...

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Daily Telegraph

Daily Telegraph

The combination of heart-on-sleeve and tongue-in-cheek could hardly seem less expert.

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Associated Press

Associated Press

The film is... rather rushed and seems disinterested in the details of its own story.

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Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal

It's Hitchcock without the verve, a succession of generic chases, only one of which is any fun...

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New York Post

New York Post

Goddard's film is far too aware of its subject's peculiarity, and every frame knows full well that something is a bit off.

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Variety

Variety

Unfortunately, the school's actual history remains more fascinating than the narrative written by Izzard, Celyn and Goddard.

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The Irish Times

The Irish Times

Not even Judi Dench can save writer and star Izzard’s prewar romp from drab mediocrity.

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ABC

ABC

The crackerjack espionage thriller that might have been, the one filled with ideas and purpose, is defeated by flat execution.

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

The movie tells us at least three different stories at once and the spy story is the least interesting.

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The Times

The Times

There's a fascinating film... trying to escape from this creaky passion project of Eddie Izzard's.

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Independent

Independent

Fascinating if flawed... a genteel and stoic movie.

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Time Magazine

Time Magazine

An unusually gentle-spirited spy tale.

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Daily Mail

Daily Mail

Six Minutes to Midnight has a great title... a great cast (including Judi Dench and Jim Broadbent) and a great premise... Unfortunately, it's a desperately clunky affair...

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Works overtime for scant reward.

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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

A suspenseful film, made that way less from its prewar setting and the violence it contains, than by one man running - racing, really - to stop a conspiracy and prevent a disaster.

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Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

Andy Goddard's film clumsily superimposes a frenzied, completely fictional spy adventure onto a fascinating fragment of pre-war history.

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