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Official Secrets (2019)



Critic Consensus: Official Secrets has a familiar structure and an obvious if worthy message, but rises on the strength of Keira Knightley's powerful performance.

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She risked everything to stop an unjust war. Her government called her a traitor. Based on world-shaking true events, Official Secrets tells the gripping story of Katharine Gun (Keira Knightley), a British intelligence specialist whose job involves routine handling of classified information. One day in 2003, in the lead up to the Iraq War, Gun receives a memo from the NSA with a shocking directive: the United States is enlisting Britain's help in collecting compromising information on United Nations Security Council members in order to blackmail them into voting in favor of an invasion of Iraq. Unable to stand by and watch the world be rushed into an illegal war, Gun makes the gut-wrenching decision to defy her government and leak the memo to the press. So begins an explosive chain of events that will ignite an international firestorm, expose a vast political conspiracy, and put Gun and her family directly in harm's way.

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Matthew Goode
as Peter Beaumont
Keira Knightley
as Katharine Gun
Ralph Fiennes
as Ben Emmerson
Matt Smith
as Martin Bright
Indira Varma
as Shami Chakrabarti
Rhys Ifans
as Ed Vulliamy
Conleth Hill
as Roger Alton
Tamsin Greig
as Elizabeth Wilmshurst
Hattie Morahan
as Yvonne Ridley
Jack Farthing
as Andy Dumfries
Monica Dolan
as Fiona Bygate
John Hefferman
as James Welch
Kenneth Cranham
as Judge Hyam
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All Critics (166) | Top Critics (49)

Knightley shines... in a performance that balances conviction and soul baring, and is all the more genuine for its lack of showiness.

February 20, 2020 | Full Review…

Official Secrets celebrates the courage of a government employee who attempted to prevent the invasion at considerable risk to herself and to those she loved.

November 22, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The script, based on a book by Marcia and Thomas Mitchell, keeps layering in complexity, refusing to go dumb. And Knightley's performance gets steelier as she struggles to overcome her fears

November 21, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

[Knightley's] smart not to play Gun as the noble martyr, but merely as an ordinary, frustrated citizen who makes a split-second decision.

October 30, 2019 | Rating: 3/5

It's a hard milieu to capture, and this takes the same broad strokes that these movies do...but it's absolutely saved by the performance at the center, which gives it nuance and depth and something more.

October 24, 2019 | Full Review…

Gavin Hood's Official Secrets isn't a poor film so much as an unremarkable one, and if there is any suspense or stylistic innovation to be wrung from this important story then the director is keeping it under his hat.

October 24, 2019 | Full Review…

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