Rent Denial (2016)

3.5 of 5 from 354 ratings
1h 45min
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Synopsis:
Starring Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz, alongside Timothy Spall, Tom Wilkinson and Andrew Scott - "Denial" is the gripping and inspirational story of a relentless fight for justice. When writer Deborah Lipstadt (Rachel Weisz) speaks out against the lies of Holocaust denier David Irving (Timothy Spall) she is faced with a high-stakes battle to uncover one of the darkest deceptions in history. Passionate, fiery and independent she decides she must face him in court to fight the battle for the truth, even though the odds are solidly stacked against her.
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Directors:
Producers:
Gary Foster, Russ Krasnoff
Writers:
David Hare, Deborah Lipstadt
Others:
Gary Foster, Russ Krasnoff
Studio:
E1 Entertainment
Genres:
British Films, Drama
Countries:
UK
BBFC:
Release Date:
05/06/2017
Run Time:
105 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
English, English Audio Description
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Bonus:
  • Making Of

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Reviews (8) of Denial

Disappointing, plodding court room drama - Denial review by PV

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I expected to enjoy this movie but found it disappointing and, frankly, annoying.

For a start, the constant moaning about the British legal system was unnecessary.

Timothy Spall gives a cartoon impression of David Irving. The most interesting character is the barrister played by Tom Wilkinson.

Don't think much really of Rachael W in the main role and lots of twaddle re Boudicca.

I knew the story anyway - yet my belief in freedom of speech makes me always side with anyone ever expressing a view.

So, passable but 2 stars.

1 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Good subject, unamazing drama - Denial review by MB

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This should have been really good - a fine cast, a controversial real-life story to draw upon and of course the weight of the subject matter behind it. But it isn't, and DENIAL falls into the same bracket as SCHINDLER'S LIST as praised for being about the Holocaust than being a riveting drama. It establishes David Irving as the 'villain' quite early and then never adds any nuance to his character, albeit he's a good grandfather. It then proceeds to break him down over the course of the film, deservedly so no doubt and yet just inviting the audience to boo and hiss alongside the virtuous legal team assembled on the side of Deborah Lipstadt. The overriding sense is one of laziness, coasting, trading on the fact it's a Holocaust drama, and that's it. The talent involved deserved a lot better. Still, Tom Wilkinson is good and Timothy Spall can do this stuff in his sleep and still be compelling.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Tom Wilkinson outstanding - Denial review by Philbuff

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An important subject & a strong cast. Tricky to turn a trial - with its inevitably narrow focus - into an absorbing drama. But, for the most part, it works well. Certainly worth watching.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

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