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    David EhrlichindieWire
    For a movie set against the backdrop of the Cuban Missile Crisis - a movie that's enameled with the classic tropes of espionage, and builds to a daring international heist at the end of the second act - the whole thing can be rather even-keeled.
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    Johnny OleksinskiNew York Post
    The trouble here is a lack of attention to detail, and laziness with scale.
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    Leah GreenblattEntertainment Weekly
    A decorous, solidly smart thriller whose menace maintains a sort of low, steady hum.
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    Benjamin LeeGuardian
    While it would have been rewarding to see Cooke and O'Conner take a few chances or add some more emotional depth, it's a satisfying enough watch, best viewed with little investment and low expectations.
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    Peter DebrugeVariety
    Despite ongoing conflicts with Russia today, the movie doesn't feel terribly relevant to our time.
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    John DeForeHollywood Reporter
    A solid spy drama about ordinary people caught up in Cold War espionage, Dominic Cooke's Ironbark is as meat-and-potatoes as its real-life hero.
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    Andrea ThompsonA Reel of One's Own
    Ironbark pulls no punches when it details just what they're up against, or the consequences if their activities are discovered.
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    Michael FrankThe Spool
    Though Ironbark won't ruffle any feathers, it serves as an enjoyable and entertaining spectacle.
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    Dan MeccaThe Film Stage
    Ironbark plays out by the numbers, rarely offering a narrative arc that doesn't feel incredibly familiar. That said, there is much to mine from the performances, which elevate the material at every turn.
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    Gregory EllwoodThe Playlist
    Cumberbatch is absolutely committed to the role, enduring a physical transformation that would impress the likes of Christian Bale.
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