Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. 100
    You would imagine a film like this would be greeted with rapture in France, but no. The leading French film magazine, "Cahiers du Cinema," has long scorned the filmmakers of this older generation as makers of mere "quality," and interprets Tavernier's work as an attack on the New Wave generation which replaced them.
  2. The details feel authentic: The empty Paris streets, the profanation of German anti-aircraft guns atop belle epoque buildings. And Devaivre's adventures provide high tension.
  3. Spacious, headlong entertainment.
  4. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    63
    Essentially a dramatic reenactment of a generation's coping strategies.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    70
    A sprawling, semi-biographical account of two real-life filmmakers who both found work during darkest days the German occupation.
  6. 60
    Alternately frustrating and rewarding film.
  7. 90
    The movie is full of juices that give it a healthy, pungent flow.
  8. 100
    Superb -- Crammed with incident, and bristles with passion and energy. Tavernier treats his actors, every last one of them impressive, as an ensemble.
  9. A remarkable and moving account of a part of the French experience that needs more remembering and less forgetting.
  10. This is one of those films that encapsulate most of its maker's key thoughts and feelings while also connecting us vividly to a fascinating past. No one who loves French film (or movies in general) should miss it.
  11. 63
    Loving but overlong meditation on movies and the people who make them.
  12. 100
    Safe Conduct -- a rangy, irreverent, episodic odyssey through French filmmaking during the Occupation -- is one of the very best movies ever made about the life of moviemaking.
  13. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    90
    Comic, suspenseful, romantic.
  14. The cast could not -- one could almost say need not -- be improved.
  15. Reviewed by: Richard Porton
    80
    The conduct of the French intelligentsia under Nazi occupation remains a tender topic, and the 2002 release of Bertrand Tavernier's film about two filmmakers who follow divergent paths through the Vichy years stirred intense controversy.

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