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The Critic Trailer with Ian McKellen and Gemma Arterton

Transmission Films has released an international trailer for The Critic, which is an adaptation of Anthony Quinn’s novel Curtain Call.

An official selection at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2023, The Critic centers on Jimmy Erskine (Ian McKellen), the Daily Chronicle‘s most famous and featured theatre critic of the age; David Brooke (Mark Strong), with whom he clashes after recently inheriting the paper; and a young actress, Nina Land (Gemma Arterton), who is devastated by Jimmy’s recent negative review of her.

The Critic Trailer with Ian McKellen and Gemma Arterton

As the three become entangled in a whodunnit wrapped in a Faustian pact, their strange triangle winds tighter and tighter to devastating effect for all those caught in the deadly web of blackmail and betrayal.

The cast includes Ian McKellen, Gemma Arterton, Mark Strong, Ben Barnes, Alfred Enoch, Romola Garai, and Lesley Manville.

Ian McKellen as Jimmy Erskine

The Critic was directed by Arnand Tucker from a script by Patrick Marbert. “This taut and gripping thriller, led by Ian McKellen’s completely captivating performance, had us on the edge of our seats,” said Marie-Claire Benson, Executive Vice President and Head of the Lionsgate UK Motion Picture Group previously.

“Like all of Anand’s films, The Critic is hugely entertaining and will stay with you long after you leave the cinema. It’s a perfect addition to our slate, and we’re thrilled to be teaming with our longtime friend Zygi to bring it to audiences.”

Gemma Arterton as Nina Land

True Brit Entertainment CEO Zygi Kamasa added: “We’re delighted to partner with Lionsgate for The Critic in our first-ever distribution deal. It’s an astonishing British film with a stellar cast, and we can’t wait to jointly bring it to audiences in the UK and Ireland.”

You can watch the international trailer here. A North American release date has not been set yet.

The Critic Poster