Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Mar 15, 2012
    70
    Hilali and Benghabrit were real people. Mr. Ferroukhi, who wrote the script with Alain-Michel Blanc, deftly interweaves their stories with the adventures of the fictional Younes, and so contributes a worthy and interesting chapter to the tradition of World War II dramas of conscience.
  2. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Mar 16, 2012
    63
    As a French Resistance thriller, Free Men is so-so, but it is driven by a mischievously interesting idea: that Muslims and Jews have more in common than they normally allow.
  3. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Mar 12, 2012
    70
    A satisfying wartime espionage drama focused on little-noted intersections between Arabic emigres and the French Resistance.
  4. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Mar 13, 2012
    60
    Consider the movie a testament to Rahim's screen presence. If nothing else, Free Men proves that the can't-take-your-eyes-off-him charisma the Franco-Algerian actor displayed in Jacques Audiard's "A Prophet" was no fluke.
  5. Reviewed by: Mark Feeney
    Mar 22, 2012
    50
    Nobility with little pacing, imagination, or energy tends not to work too well on the screen. Rahim has the eyes of the young Mandy Patinkin. If only he had some of the wildness.
  6. Reviewed by: Michael Nordine
    Mar 11, 2012
    50
    For much of its runtime, the film is simply there, decent for the most part, but at no point immersive.
  7. Reviewed by: Andy Klein
    Mar 24, 2012
    58
    The film benefits greatly from Rahim's subtle, effective performance.
  8. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Mar 21, 2012
    67
    It's an uplifting tale, if one that gets to a slow start and muddles through scenes of exposition for longer than seems necessary before finally getting to its sequences of action and suspense.
  9. Reviewed by: Benjamin Mercer
    Mar 13, 2012
    50
    Free Men never feels like a movie about a developing conscience, due largely to the shallowness of the protagonist as written and, by extension, Rahim's portrayal.
  10. Reviewed by: Jordan Mintzer
    Mar 12, 2012
    60
    Worth a look, though it's unfortunately a far too academic affair that never surges with the suspense of many a WWII drama.

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