Metascore
51

Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Mike Russell
    May 6, 2014
    83
    With strong performances, the gorgeously overwhelming environment (the sounds of wind and flies are practically supporting characters), and at least one agonizingly long close-up, Age of Uprising unsettles as it raises troubling questions about the price, morality and flexibility of a "principled stand."
  2. Reviewed by: Chris Klimek
    May 28, 2014
    80
    With his thin-lipped, narrow-eyed, disquietingly symmetrical face, Mikkelsen is nearly as good a prop as he is an actor. That impassive but selectively expressive mug is what makes Age Of Uprising’s climax shocking and memorable, but not at all in the way viewers will be conditioned to expect.
  3. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Jun 4, 2014
    67
    This is a much drier, more reserved affair, though it can be quite powerful on the rare occasions when it allows raw emotion to make its way to the surface.
  4. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    May 25, 2014
    63
    Greatly cognizant of the revenge genre's penchant for hypocritical demagoguery, director Arnaud des Pallières unsettles the audience's usual feelings of vicarious blood lust.
  5. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    May 29, 2014
    60
    The severely beautiful film is painted in a dauntingly austere manner, as if lost in a war against itself, with confrontations underplayed and the rural landscapes making more of an impression than the detoured drama.
  6. Reviewed by: Rob Staeger
    May 27, 2014
    60
    The feudal revenge drama sacrifices thrills in favor of moral reflection in the unspoiled French countryside, keeping most of its violence at arm's length.
  7. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    May 6, 2014
    60
    Perhaps as a parable, simplicity is what is required, although sometimes the film does not rise to tragedy. Visually, Age of Uprising is classy and plausible, but delivers less than it promises.
  8. Reviewed by: Neil Smith
    May 6, 2014
    60
    Director Arnaud des Pallières lends a bleak austerity to the story, but with only one murky battle scene to quicken the blood it’s hardly a recipe for unbridled excitement.
  9. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    May 6, 2014
    60
    Age of Uprising falls awkwardly (but not altogether unappealingly) into the gap between art film and horse opera.
  10. Reviewed by: Jessica Kiang
    May 29, 2013
    42
    It’s handsome, stately and deathly dull.
  11. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    May 29, 2014
    40
    It's a strong story of lonely, even futile righteousness, which makes the plodding execution by director Arnaud des Pallierès somewhat mystifying.
  12. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    May 6, 2014
    40
    This leaden relocating of an iconic German saga to 16th-century France isn’t helped by the miscast Mads Mikkelsen’s morose display as Michael Kohlhaas.
  13. Reviewed by: Daniel Green
    May 6, 2014
    40
    Even Lavant's brief cameo as a roving theologist towards the finale can't spark the disappointingly bland Michael Kohlhaas into life - surely the most damning indictment of all.
  14. Reviewed by: Jay Weissberg
    May 26, 2013
    40
    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.
  15. Reviewed by: Jordan Mintzer
    May 26, 2013
    40
    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.
  16. Reviewed by: Geoff Andrew
    May 26, 2013
    40
    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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