Based on Deborah E. Lipstadt's acclaimed book History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier, Denial recounts Lipstadt's (Rachel Weisz) legal battle for historical truth against David Irving (Timothy Spall), who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier.
In the English legal system, the burden of proof is on the accused, therefore it was up to Lipstadt and her legal team to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust occurred.
Denial also stars two-time Academy Award nominee Tom Wilkinson, the film is directed by Emmy Award winner Mick Jackson ("Temple Grandin") and adapted for the screen by BAFTA and Academy Award nominated writer David Hare (The Reader).
Detroit News/Adam Graham
Hare's screenplay (based on Lipstadt's book) is smart and engaging, and veteran director Mick Jackson ("The Bodyguard") treats the material with the heft it deserves.
Chicago Reader/J.R. Jones
As Lipstadt, Rachel Weisz delivers her usual brand of exquisite distress, but a frightfully gaunt Timothy Spall walks away with the movie as Irving.
San Francisco Chronicl/Mick LaSalle
Weisz's conviction, passion and galvanizing outrage drive "Denial." For a Jewish academic, this was no intellectual exercise, and Weisz lets us see it.
New York Observer/Rex Reed
Another illuminating performance by Rachel Weisz and a brilliant screenplay by the distinguished British playwright David Hare make Denial one of the most powerful and riveting courtroom dramas ever made.
New York Daily News/Stephen Whitty
There are people today who will claim that all opinions are equal; that facts are boring; that there is no such thing as objective truth. "Denial" reminds us of what the verdict should be.
Toronto Star/Peter Howell
Awaiting the verdict makes for a real nail-biter, even knowing the outcome. Denial does a stellar job demonstrating the truth is worth fighting for.