Kirsten Dunst's new movie lands fresh Rotten Tomatoes rating after first reviews

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Kirsten Dunst's new movie lands fresh RT ratingA24

Kirsten Dunst's new movie Civil War has landed a fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes after its first reviews.

Directed by Alex Garland, the A24 film sees Dunst's character Ellie and her team of fellow journalists "travel across the United States during a rapidly escalating civil war that has engulfed the entire nation".

Dunst's real-life husband Jesse Plemons (Killers of the Flower Moon) also stars in the dystopian flick, along with Nick Offerman (The Last of Us), Wagner Moura (Narcos), Cailee Spaeny (Priscilla), Jefferson White (Yellowstone) and Sonoya Mizuno (Devs).

At the time of writing, Civil War has an impressive critics' score of 83% on Rotten Tomatoes from 18 reviews, after making its debut at SXSW.

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Here's what some of the critics have been saying so far:

The Hollywood Reporter

"With the precision and length of its violent battle sequences, it’s clear Civil War operates as a clarion call. Garland wrote the film in 2020 as he watched cogs on America’s self-mythologizing exceptionalist machine turn, propelling the nation into a nightmare. With this latest film, he sounds the alarm, wondering less about how a country walks blindly into its own destruction and more about what happens when it does."


"It’s the most upsetting dystopian vision yet from the sci-fi brain that killed off all of London for the zombie uprising depicted in 28 Days Later, and one that can’t be easily consumed as entertainment. A provocative shock to the system, Civil War is designed to be divisive. Ironically, it’s also meant to bring folks together."

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The Wrap

"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. Garland gets that great final shot, but at what cost?"


"Ultimately, Civil War feels like a missed opportunity. The director’s vision of a fractured America, embroiled in conflict, holds the potential for introspection on our current societal divisions. However, the film’s execution, hampered by thin characterization, a lackluster narrative, and an overreliance on spectacle over substance, left me disengaged."

Screen International

"Civil War features jaw-dropping battles that rattle and hum, foregrounded by a bleak, devil-may-care desire to consume, report, forget, and remember — captured through a jarring poeticism that would be wholly admirable if it weren’t so hard to take in."

Civil War is released in UK and US cinemas on April 26, 2024.

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