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8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 27 Ratings

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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 27
  3. Negative: 3 out of 27

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Metascore
56

Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

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  1. Positive: 12 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. The film is more of an old-school wartime yarn, crackling with the expected camaraderie among the hardscrabble volunteers.
  2. The last word you'd expect for it is "sweet," yet it is exactly the right one. That may come as no surprise to some, since the director is Jan Sverak, who brought sweetness to his breakthrough film "Koyla," but it caught me by total surprise.
  3. 50
    Dark Blue World and Sverak's previous "Kolya" were each written by the director's father, Zdenek, and both films betray a weakness for the symmetrical and sentimental.