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  • Summary: After losing their family home in Algeria, three brothers and their mother are scattered across the globe. Messaoud joins the French army fighting in Indochina; Abdelkader becomes a leader of the Algerian independence movement in France and Saïd moves to Paris to make his fortune in the shady clubs and boxing halls of Pigalle. Gradually, their interconnecting destinies reunite them in the French capital, where freedom is a battle to be fought and won. (Studio Canal) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  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: 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Mar 25, 2011
    A stiff, unconvincing epic.

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  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 how revolution influence on people's life and how dictators can be cruel. Expand