The verdict’s in and the critics have spoken; Harry Styles has blown people away with his incredible ‘Dunkirk’ performance. He can sing, he can paint and now he can act. Jeez is there anything you can’t do, Harry?
As most of you already know, ‘Dunkirk’ hits cinemas on Friday. Harry plays Alex in the war film and when he first got the part plenty of people were keen to bash him for it. There was speculation that Harry ‘couldn’t act’ and only got the part due to how famous he was. Well… What a load of nonsense.
Unsurprisingly, Harry’s done a brilliant job with the character and press and critics were keen to share praise on social media. Not only was our fave 1D member complimented on his brilliant debut performance, but people are also speculating what his next film role will be. Any ideas? A young Mick Jagger, maybe?
Here’s what 43 massive publications had to say about Harry’s role in ‘Dunkirk’.
1. The Telegraph
‘There is a bright, convicted, and unexpectedly not-at-all-jarring performance from Harry Styles…’ – The Telegraph
2. The Guardian
‘Tommy is to come into contact with fellow soldier, Alex (Harry Styles, making a perfectly strong acting debut).’ – The Guardian
‘Dunkirk is a study of people under immense pressure, from Rylance’s civilian-on-a-rescue-mission (call him the FBG — Friendly Boat Guy) to Cillian Murphy’s traumatised wreck-survivor (credited only as ‘Shivering Soldier’) to Harry Styles’ bolshy infantry grunt (an impressive debut performance, and definitely not the Rihanna-in-Battleship debacle you may have feared).’ – Empire
Will also say Harry Styles’ DUNKIRK role is surprising… & that’s all I can really say. But I applaud Nolan for casting him as he did.
— Anna Klassen (@AnnaJKlassen) July 10, 2017
‘Both Murphy and Hardy have worked with Nolan before (each as Batman villains), but he uses them in character-actor mode here, treating these marquee talents as equals among a cast of newcomers (including Harry Styles, looking every bit the 1940s matinee idol).’ – Variety
6. Business Insider
— Jason Guerrasio (@JasonGuerrasio) July 10, 2017
— Ali Plumb (@AliPlumb) July 10, 2017
Dunkirk is thrilling, beautiful & a must in 70mm IMAX – but it’s also hard to ignore that it has zero distinctive personalities/characters.
— (((Eric Eisenberg))) (@eeisenberg) July 10, 2017
‘And he then brings a mismatched ensemble cast of huge names (Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy and Kenneth Branagh, who all make brief but much-anticipated appearances) and untested new talent: Harry Styles here takes a break from pop superstardom to make his much-fêted acting debut, as critics sharpen their knives.’ – NME
10. The Hollywood Reporter
‘In Dunkirk, Nolan has gotten everything just right.‘ – The Hollywood Reporter
11. The Daily Beast
— Kevin Fallon (@kpfallon) July 17, 2017
12. Tampa Bay Times
‘The performances are solid as such Nolan’s vision requires, including pop star Harry Styles briefly.’ – Tampa Bay Times
‘Harry Styles can actually act: Granted, Harry doesn’t have that many lines in Dunkirk, but then, nobody does in this near-silent, extremely tense war film.’ – GQ
14. Awards Circuit
‘In his first major film role, One Direction’s Harry Styles shows tremendous promise.’ – Award Circuit
15. Metro Entertainment
And we can also confirm that Harry Styles has a film career ahead of him if he wants it. #Dunkirk
— Metro Entertainment (@Metro_Ents) July 10, 2017
16. The Express
‘And yes for the record Styles can act, unlike David Beckham’s embarrassing attempt in King Arthur.’ – The Express
17. Den Of Geek
‘It’s also, hands down, the film of the summer.’ – Den Of Geek
18. Rolling Stone
‘He joins up two other soldiers – Gibson (Aneurin Barnard) and Alex (Harry Styles, playing a small role with subtle grace and zero pop-star showboating).’ – Rolling Stone
19. The Metro
‘Styles is great in Dunkirk – perhaps that’s why he’s been coy about his future in Hollywood – and despite his star power and the instantly recognisable face, he never overpowers a scene he’s in.’ – The Metro
‘The cast of unknowns are compelling, with Harry Styles handed some of the more dramatic scenes which he handles with skill beyond his experience.’ – IGN
21. The Huffington Post
‘Harry has a sizeable amount of work to do. Film fans who were worried that it might be jarring to see the camera pan across to a 1D star among the soldiers on the beach can rest assured, Harry fits right in with his co-stars.’ – The Huffington Post
22. The Mirror
— Mirror TV (@MirrorTV) July 17, 2017
A cinematic masterpiece. #Dunkirk is as near as you’ll get to a perfect film. I’ve a new found respect for Harry Styles too.
— Rob Young (@robjyoung) July 17, 2017
#Dunkirk is a cinematic masterpiece. It’s as close as you’ll get to a perfect movie. Don’t worry about Harry Styles either. He brings it.
— Yahoo Movies UK (@YahooMoviesUK) July 17, 2017
24. The Sun
Thought about it properly and I can admit Harry Styles does a pretty great job with his role in #Dunkirk. He really can pursue this career!
— Nola Marianna (@NolaMarianna) July 17, 2017
25. The Express
‘Dunkirk is a genre-defining spectacle that is sure to influence not just war movies but cinema for years to come.’ – The Express
‘So, the question you’re all asking: can Harry Styles act? Yes, this One Directioner can.’ – InStyle
27. Screen Crush
‘Harry Styles appears in this film.’ – Screen Crush
28. Digital Spy
‘And Harry Styles? It may reek of stunt casting, but if it was, it has completely paid off. Though also not given all that many lines, he’s sympathetic and charismatic as a young soldier clinging on to life in the worst of circumstances.’ – Digital Spy
29. USA Today
‘Still, Nolan’s feat is undeniable: He’s made an immersive war movie that celebrates the good of mankind while also making it clear that no victory is without sacrifice.’ – USA Today
‘And of course, it didn’t hurt to hire Harry Styles.’ – Polygon
31. Time Out
‘There are other characters – young troops on the beach played Fionn Whitehead and Harry Styles; a disturbed soldier (Cillian Murphy) rescued from the hull of a sinking warship. Yet as much as these familiar faces give us something to grab onto…’ – Time Out
‘Eyebrows were raised when the world learned that former One Directioner Harry Styles was cast in the movie. The good news is, he’s great! The performances are excellent all around.’ – Insider
33. Indie Wire
I didn’t know how famous Dunkirk star @Harry_Styles is. He’s good!
— Anne Thompson (@akstanwyck) July 16, 2017
— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) July 10, 2017
— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) July 10, 2017
35. The Irish Times
‘Elsewhere, a group of increasingly desperate grunts, including Alex (Harry Styles: yes, he can act) and Gibson (Aneurin Barnard) squabble in the scramble to escape.’ – The Irish Times
36. Entertainment Weekly
‘(For the Directioners wondering, Harry Styles is also solid, seamlessly blending into the ensemble.)’ – Entertainment Weekly
— ErikDavis (@ErikDavis) July 10, 2017
DUNKIRK: intense! 3 intercutting stories on 3 time frames. Almost a silent film, w/ incredible score. May be divisive. I LOVED. See 70mm! pic.twitter.com/E6Xga21Skm
— Alicia Malone (@aliciamalone) July 10, 2017
‘After our screening, there was a group of teen girls huddled outside the AMC Lincoln Square on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, asking anyone who had just seen Dunkirk about Harry Styles’ performance – and, more specifically if Mr. Styles’ character perished or not.’ – Uproxx
39. The Wrap
‘As it unfolds, “Dunkirk” provides one thrill after another, but it’s only in the aggregate that its power as a document of will and heroism becomes clear. It’s both a triumph for Nolan and a new bar toward which future action-based dramas should aspire.’ – The Wrap
To anyone asking I can see Harry Styles going far in the acting space. And not every musician can act. But there’s something about that kid.
— Sophie (@sophiekatsali) July 16, 2017
41. Heat Magazine
Dunkirk: an immense achievement. (And Harry Styles is really good.)
— boydhilton (@boydhilton) July 11, 2017
42. Cinema Snopes
— Cinema Snopes (@CinemaSnopes) July 10, 2017
Pretty sure #Dunkirk has shaved a few years off my life expectancy. 😳 And, yeah, Harry Styles is good in it.
— Tufayel Ahmed (@tufayel) July 17, 2017
What role would you like to see Harry take on next? Could you imagine him starring in a film adaption of your favourite book? Or perhaps joining the cast of your must-watch TV show? Let us know in the comments below.