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The Courier (2020)



Critic Consensus: The Courier delivers a rousingly effective old-school spy adventure elevated by a thrilling fact-based story and Benedict Cumberbatch's nervy central performance.

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THE COURIER is a true-life spy thriller, the story of an unassuming British businessman Greville Wynne (Benedict Cumberbatch) recruited into one of the greatest international conflicts in history. At the behest of the UK's MI-6 and a CIA operative (Rachel Brosnahan), he forms a covert, dangerous partnership with Soviet officer Oleg Penkovsky (Merab Ninidze) in an effort to provide crucial intelligence needed to prevent a nuclear confrontation and defuse the Cuban Missile Crisis.

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Benedict Cumberbatch
as Greville Wynne
Merab Ninidze
as Oleg Penkovsky
Rachel Brosnahan
as Emily Donovan
Angus Wright
as Dickie Franks
Anton Lesser
as Bertrand

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All Critics (209) | Top Critics (47)

Combines plenty of the ingredients for a first-class espionage thriller but doesn't quite deliver.

August 15, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Intriguing and genuinely heartfelt without ever veering into melodrama or hackneyed spy movie tropes.

August 15, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The Courier may have its moments, but it's also burdened with certain expectations.

August 13, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This is a damn good, explosively tense story that focuses on the friendship that develops between two men on opposite sides. And it is plainly wonderful.

August 13, 2021 | Full Review…

Benedict Cumberbatch delivers a masterclass in "acting in a vacuum" with this disappointing historical spy drama that fails on almost every level except for the dazzling performance of its leading man.

August 13, 2021 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The Courier may not be as subtle or cohesive as Cumberbatch's last spy movie, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, but its best moments are haunting.

August 13, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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