Set on a backdrop of war, Joe Wright’s superb film about Churchill during critical weeks in 1940 is intelligent and informative, with a knockout central performance by Gary Oldman. Oldman slips into the role as he would a glove – with the help of thinning hair and prosthetics. He is almost unrecognisable. He satisfies the image in every way. The power of words resonates as we are offered a complex portrayal of Churchill from his controversial appointment as Prime Minister to his famous ‘never surrender’ speech. Wright takes Anthony McCarten’s screenplay and squeezes enough tubes of colour to create a living canvas reflecting the politician, husband, man and the state of the world at war.”  Urban Cinefile