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Civil War


A journey across a dystopian future America, following a team of military-embedded journalists as they race against time to reach DC before rebel factions descend upon the White House.

  • Director: Alex Garland
  • Main Cast: Kirsten Dunst, Wagner Moura, Cailee Spaeny, Stephen McKinley Henderson
  • Soundtrack: Geoff Barrow, Ben Salisbury
  • Cinematography: Rob Hardy
  • Screenplay: Alex Garland

What do the critics think?


12 reviews of Civil War (2024)

  • 1. The Playlist
    9.1 / 10

    "Civil War" enflames our discomfort by bringing the conflict to our own backyard. - Matthew Monagle

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  • 2. Slash Film
    8.5 / 10

    Alex Garland's Terrifying War Movie Will Leave You Shaken - Jacob Hall

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  • 3. Roger Ebert
    8 / 10

    Suffice to say that the final section brings every thematic element together in a perfectly horrifying fashion and ends with a moment of self-actualization I don't think I'll ever be able to shake. - Matt Zoller Seitz »

  • 4. Variety
    8 / 10

    "Civil War" has been criticized for exploiting tensions in an election year, when in fact, it’s meant to illustrate the futility of "sides". - Peter Debruge

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  • 5. Moviezine
    8 / 10

    What is probably most worrying is realizing that "Civil War" is Alex Garland's most realistic film by far. - Lucas Mass

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  • 6. Hollywood Reporter
    Positiv, no rating

    Alex Garland’s Dystopian Thriller Starring Kirsten Dunst Stimulates the Intellect, if Not the Emotions - Lovia Gyarkye »

  • 7. The Wrap
    7.5 / 10

    Though the portrait we get is broken and fragmented, in its final moments "Civil War" still manages to uncover an ugly yet necessary truth in the rubble of the old world. - Chase Hutchinson »

  • 8. IndieWire
    7.5 / 10

    One thing that works in "Civil War" is bringing the devastation of war home: Seeing American cities reduced to bombed-out rubble is shocking, which leads to a sobering reminder that this is already what life is like for many around the world. - Katie Rife

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  • 9. The Guardian
    6 / 10

    Garland’s "Civil War" gives little to hold on to on the level of character or world-building, which leaves us with effective but limited visual provocation – the capital in flames, empty highways, a viscerally tense shootout in the White House. - Adrian Horton »

  • 10. Rolling Stone
    6 / 10

    The premise is a perfect opportunity to take a cold, hard, genre-inflected look at the American experiment’s current slouching toward self-destruction. - David Fear

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  • 11. Screen Daily
    6 / 10

    Even for Garland’s adept visual storytelling, supported by daring cuts by Jake Roberts and offbeat needledrops, the core of "Civil War" feels hollow. - Robert Daniels

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  • 12. Hollywood Reporter
    6 / 10

    Garland has always been a director of big ideas, and Civil War is no exception when it comes to that ambitiousness. But he’s also reaching for an intimacy here that his screenplay doesn’t quite deliver on. - Lovia Gyarkye »