Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 4 Critics

Critic score distribution:
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  1. Reviewed by: Jessica Kiang
    May 29, 2013
    It’s handsome, stately and deathly dull.
  2. Reviewed by:  Jay Weissberg
    May 26, 2013
    Kleist’s direct language and straightforward storytelling are nowhere in evidence in Pallieres’ narratively challenged adaptation, featuring a French-speaking Mads Mikkelsen in one of his least impressive characterizations.
  3. Reviewed by: Jordan Mintzer
    May 26, 2013
    An old-fashioned, Robin Hood-style revenge tale that favors self-serious storytelling over action and suspense, Arnaud des Pallieres’ Michael Kohlhaas provides a few quick thrills and some beautifully photographed landscapes, but never really convinces as an intellectual’s swords-and-horses period piece.
  4. Reviewed by: Geoff Andrew
    May 26, 2013
    Unfortunately, Arnaud de Pallieres’s film succeeds neither as a decent adaptation of the book nor as a rewarding movie in its own right.

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