Ironbark has just had its premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and we’ve already got some first impressions from audience members and official reviews! Unfortunately, Jessie didn’t attend the event, but we managed to catch a glimpse of her performance through the critics!

“It’s a film of broadly sketched relationships, shown also in the specificity-free marriage between Greville and Sheila, played by Jessie Buckley, a wonderful actor most recently underused quite criminally in Dolittle. She has some solid enough emoting to do here but it’s a token wife role, the kind I hope she won’t need to do within a few more years.” See the full review of Benjamin Lee from The Guardian clicking here!

“Of course, Wynne can’t tell anyone what he’s up to – not even his own family. Jessie Buckley (Wild Rose, Chernobyl) plays Mrs. Wynne, and the fact that her husband once had an affair years earlier has her on high alert when his behavior suddenly changes after being recruited. Buckley is very good in a small role, proving once again that she’s one of the best chameleons in the game right now.” See the full review of Ben Pearson from Slash Film clicking here!

“WILD ROSE breakout star Jessie Buckley also has a really good part as Wynne’s wife, with us getting some insight into exactly what the lied-to spruce has to go through when her husband disappears on trip after trip to Russia, leaving her to her suspicions, with the added wrinkle that Wynne has, in the past, had an affair.” See the full review of Chris Bumbray from JoBlo clicking here!

“Jessie Buckley puts in solid work as Wynne’s wife, who suspects him of infidelity. These types of roles are largely thankless, making a successful rendering all the more impressive.” See the full review of Dan Mecca from The Film Stage clicking here!

“And Wild Rose and Chernobyl breakout Jessie Buckley does what she can with a role that’s just slightly above that of ‘concerned wife’.” See the full review of Adam Chitwood from Collider clicking here!

“Enter Greville Wynne (Cumberbatch, obviously), a jocular businessman of one kind or another who knows how to close a deal, and once sold his wife (played by the great Jessie Buckley, who brings real angst to a sleepy archetype) on staying together after he cheated on her some time ago.” See the full review of David Ehrlich from IndieWire clicking here!

“Cumberbatch and Buckley develop a pure and completely charming connection that adds a rosy hue to this dark portrait of the risks of espionage. Ironbark explores diplomacy, patriotism, virtue, and bravery, but above all else, Greville Wynne reminds us of the simple humanity at the center of every conflict.” See the full review of Joey Paur from Geek Tyrant clicking here!

“They’re bolstered by strong supporting appearances by Rachel Brosnahan as a CIA handler, and Jessie Buckley as Greville’s wife.” See the full review of Johnny Oleksinski from First Showing clicking here!

“As the sympathetic CIA agent Emily Donovan who wants to do right by Greville, Brosnahan is solid in an underwritten role. The same could be said of Buckley, who must play the angry wife who can’t understand why her husband keeps traveling to Moscow when his family needs him in England.” See the full review of Tim Grierson from Screen Daily clicking here!

“While he and Penkovsky grow fond of each other during their frequent meetings, the stress makes Wynne testy with his wife Sheila (Jessie Buckley) and son (Keir Hills); Sheila has caught him in an affair once, and she’s pretty sure the recent changes in his behavior prove he’s at it again.” See the full review of John DeFore from The Hollywood Reporter clicking here!

“Additionally, there are also power struggles in Wynne’s relationship with his wife — notably when he decides to put Penkovsky’s life first, which leads to turmoil in his relationship.” See the full review of Beatrice Verhoeven from The Wrap clicking here!

“Here, the analogy becomes literal, not because there’s anything homoerotic at stake, but since we learn that Wynne had cheated on his wife Sheila (Jessie Buckley) once before, which makes her understandably suspicious when he starts doing push-ups and disappearing on frequent business trips to the U.S.S.R.” See the full review of Peter Debruge from Variety clicking here!

“Benedict Cumberbatch is the real-life civilian Greville Wynne, a mild-mannered businessman in circa-1960 London with a wife (Chernobyl’s great Jessie Buckley), a young son, and a few ongoing projects in Eastern Europe.” See the full review of Leah Greenblatt from EW clicking here!

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