Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
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  1. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Nov 3, 2010
    Rachid Bouchareb's intensely dramatized, passionately partisan story of militancy in the struggle for Algerian independence from France after World War II makes effective use of "Godfather" storytelling theatrics.
  2. Reviewed by: Philip Wilding
    May 2, 2011
    Controversial and contended it may be in France, but whatever your stance this is another thrilling and thoughtful slice of history from the "Days Of Glory" director.
  3. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Feb 24, 2011
    An epic film about Algeria's fight for liberation from France, with three outstanding performances and a grand, sweeping feel.
  4. Reviewed by: Carrie Rickey
    Feb 17, 2011
    A gripping French-Algerian coproduction that makes Algeria's epic struggle for independence from France look like a gangster movie.
  5. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Nov 23, 2010
    At the very least a superior action film, in which the action sequences are plausible and grounded in reality.
  6. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Nov 5, 2010
    A powerful, decades-spanning epic about that country's fight for independence centering on three brothers.
  7. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Nov 11, 2010
    The filmmaker is at his best unspooling the politics of independence, which he does with such confident fervor that you always understand the fight.
  8. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Nov 3, 2010
    A companion film to "Days of Glory," Rachid Bouchareb's 2006 feature about Algerian soldiers who fought for France in World War II, Outside the Law is another historical drama with a heavy heart and a knack for genre.
  9. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Nov 3, 2010
    Even the movie's trio of outstanding actors come off like mouthpieces from a creaky Group Theater play, spiced with an occasional Cagneyism or two.
  10. 50
    A great-looking, fast-paced film and, to his credit, Bouchareb doesn't bathe the F.L.N. in a completely flattering light. But narrowing the focus to one central conflicted character and tightening the time frame might have given the audience something more to ponder than the action of a historical revenge thriller.
  11. Reviewed by: Walter Addiego
    Feb 10, 2011
    Aims to make epic drama of Algeria's battle for independence, but there are moments when you would swear you're watching a "Godfather" knockoff.
  12. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Nov 4, 2010
    As powerful and well made as it is, Outside the Law is too schematic and single-minded to lodge itself in your mind as a fully realized cinematic epic. Its few female characters are sketchy at best. It is all politics, all the time.
  13. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Nov 2, 2010
    The production design is nice enough, but Bouchareb's four-country co-production isn't an epic-it's just long.
  14. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Mar 25, 2011
    A stiff, unconvincing epic.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jul 19, 2011
    a historical dram about Algeria being free and getting independent. story of the film involves about 20 years and the filmmaker shows howa historical dram about Algeria being free and getting independent. story of the film involves about 20 years and the filmmaker shows how revolution influence on people's life and how dictators can be cruel. Full Review »