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Their Finest (2017)



Critic Consensus: Carried along by a winning performance from Gemma Arterton, Their Finest smoothly combines comedy and wartime drama to crowd-pleasing effect.

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The year is 1940, London. With the nation bowed down by war, the British ministry turns to propaganda films to boost morale at home. Realizing their films could use "a woman's touch," the ministry hires Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton) as a scriptwriter in charge of writing the female dialogue. Although her artist husband looks down on her job, Catrin's natural flair quickly gets her noticed by cynical, witty lead scriptwriter Buckley (Sam Claflin). Catrin and Buckley set out to make an epic feature film based on the Dunkirk rescue starring the gloriously vain, former matinee idol Ambrose Hilliard (Bill Nighy). As bombs are dropping all around them, Catrin, Buckley and their colorful cast and crew work furiously to make a film that will warm the hearts of the nation

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Gemma Arterton
as Catrin Cole
Bill Nighy
as Ambrose Hilliard / Uncle Frank
Sam Claflin
as Tom Buckley
Jack Huston
as Ellis Cole
Jake Lacy
as Carl Lundbeck / Brannigan
Richard E. Grant
as Roger Swain
Paul Ritter
as Raymond Parfitt
Rachael Stirling
as Phyl Moore
Henry Goodman
as Gabriel Baker
Jeremy Irons
as Secretary of War
Eddie Marsan
as Sammy Smith
Helen McCrory
as Sophie Smith
Hubert Burton
as Wyndham Best / Johnnie
Claudia Jessie
as DorisCleavely / Lily
Stephanie Hyam
as Angela Ralli-Thomas / Rose
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Critic Reviews for Their Finest

All Critics (172) | Top Critics (49)

It feels inappropriate to be moved by a film about propaganda during an era of "alternative facts." Yet I found my soul soothed by Their Finest.

March 2, 2021 | Full Review…

There's a sweet love story and some wonderful work by an array of British actors. My heavens, this is charming, rib-tickling escapism.

January 27, 2021 | Full Review…

The characters' endless revision of the film within the film tends to heighten one's awareness of the compromises that must have gone into the writing of this formulaic piece.

March 26, 2020 | Full Review…

Their Finest is poignant, well-acted, and at times, pretty fun to watch.

June 27, 2017 | Full Review…

Arterton is excellent, her chemistry with Claflin absolute perfection, the two actors disappearing into their respective roles.

April 27, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Scherfig has shot the film in a soft-focus wash of chestnut and sepia tones -- the colours of nostalgia -- and the screenplay catches Evans' tone without being quite as funny as the book, despite Nighy's Ambrose.

April 26, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5

Audience Reviews for Their Finest

Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy, and a stellar cast of British character actors shine a light on the movie making process in which fact gives way to truth in order to tell a compelling story. There is humor and pathos, intrigue and great courage, hardships and sacrifices, all set during the siege of London. Directed by Lone Scherfig, based on a novel by Lissa Evans, I can highly recommend it.

Mark Abell
Mark Abell

Super Reviewer

Being released the same year as Christopher Nolan's 'Dunkirk' coming in July, it seems a little coincidental similar referenced film is also released. 'Their Finest' is really about 1940's propaganda film making at the height of WWII, where an unlikely ensemble band together to make something incredible. I must say ever since I saw 'Prince of Persia' in 2012 I've always had a huge crush on Gemma Arterton and this film holds no bars as this is an outstanding performance from her as a Welsh screenwriter, while her chemistry and relationships with the other cast members is superbly delightful. It is in itself a piece of social commentary on the world war 2 period, also on past film industry practices. Admirable as it is as a small scale drama, whilst throwing smart pieces of comedy and romance into it's mix as it's one of the most unique and well accomplished pieces of British Cinema I've seen this year alone. I highly recommend this delightfully crowd pleasing underrated British flick that should be on people watch list this year even if you are definitely thinking of seeing Dunkirk in July.

Luke Eberhardt
Luke Eberhardt

Super Reviewer

"They don't make movies like they used to ..." goes the common complaint, but here is a work that directly contradicts that. Set in wartime Britain, a woman gets hired to work on a inspirational movie about women during the war. Drenched in nostalgia for a simpler time it mostly succeeds insofar as romcoms go.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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