Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. This is one not to be missed.
  2. French director Claude Berri's exquisite, methodical Lucie Aubrac is a romantic thriller so tightly drawn it almost leaves one breathless.
  3. Lucie Aubrac has it all: a tender romance, acute suspense, terrific acting, and a camera style and and score that are beautiful yet understated...a major work, possessing breadth, depth and passion.
  4. No-fat filmmaking aided by Berri's muscular formalism that, here, occasionally assumes the gritty focus of a taut, action thriller.
  5. Stirringly romantic...a gripping period thriller that clicks along without resorting to hyped-up shock effects or gimmicky suspense.
  6. Gorgeous re-creation of another time.
  7. Reviewed by: John Hartl
    70
    A very romantic picture.
  8. Reviewed by: Tom Keogh
    70
    If you like a little action with your war movies, or maybe some butt-kicking Resistance types and a Mission: Impossible-like finale, you won't be disappointed.
  9. 67
    It's a love story, though, and all the more poignant for being one that actually survived under such tempestuous circumstances.
  10. Viewers looking for a big, political potboiler will be disappointed: Check your cloak and dagger at the door. But the film does have emotional fire.
  11. 63
    Has too much docudrama and not enough soul.
  12. Feels less like history than a bad episode of "Mission: Impossible."
  13. Achieves the rare feat of fusing tightly ratcheted suspense with intense romance.
  14. Aside from isolated flares of unchecked emotion ...Bouquet's Lucie is too far removed from our ken of romance and overriding purpose, or from Berri's for that matter, to be embraced entirely.
  15. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    50
    Seems so preoccupied with genuflection that it never achieves its subject's heart-pounding immediacy.
  16. 50
    Handsomely photographed and acted...defiantly old-fashioned testament to the power of love.
  17. 50
    This extraordinary story still sparks controversy in France, but in Berri's hands, it never comes alive...a shadow play of historical icons, rather than a portrait of people in love.
  18. Reviewed by: Jimmy Fowler
    50
    Berri's film lacks both suspense and a heroine who actually breaks a sweat while hurling herself in the path of one of the 20th century's most merciless juggernauts.
  19. Manages to take great characters and a great plot and leach them of all blood, terror, and excitement.
  20. 40
    The adherence to specific facts and actual events hampers the film, as it often does biographical movies.
  21. 30
    Makes for a tiresome antidrama populated mainly by unambiguously good characters who might as well be invulnerable.

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