This is a supreme achievement made from small strokes, a kind of Seurat painting constructed with dark, glittering bits of history. (…) The flying scenes, taut and thrilling, feature real vintage Spitfires. When the small boats arrive, many of them are the actual Dunkirk Little Ships, venerable, elderly, lovingly preserved boats that were part of the rescue in 1940. They have names like Elvin and Caronia, Endeavour and Mary Jane. In a terrifying scene, soldiers traveling safely and happily on a large transport ship, eating jam on bread and drinking mugs of tea as they look forward to reaching home shores, suddenly and brutally face death by drowning. One man struggles underwater, and the moment would be like any other terror-at-sea image except for a staggering, barely glimpsed detail: he does not let go of his tin mug.

Source: Dunkirk Review: An Emotional and Ambitious Masterpiece | Time

Krieg als nervenzerreissendes, angsteinflößendes Spektakel – ganz ohne viele Worte und ohne viel Blut (und vielleicht deshalb umso gefährlicher, umso beängstigender).

Einer der beeindruckendsten Filme des Jahres (was nicht heisst, dass Dunkirk perfekt war). Nolan, der bei seinen Filmen selbst immer eine sehr ausgelastete Rolle spielt (Drehbuch – Regie – Produktion), beweist aber, dass die Materie (historisch korrekt?, inhaltlich ausgeschlachtet?völlig nebensächlich ist, wenn man eine ganzheitliche Vision hat.