Taking Sides


Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 26
  2. Negative: 2 out of 26

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  1. Taking Sides has a padded-out, stagebound quality that is anything but lyrical. And Szabó, a Hungarian best known for "Mephisto" and "Colonel Redl," is not at his best here.
  2. 60
    Flawed but fascinating.
  3. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    Powerful, personal, but bombastic.
  4. 50
    Taking Sides is really no less simplistic than "Sunshine," but its predecessor succeeded because of its length and scope. Taking Sides stays rooted in one place and one discussion, and never gets anywhere.
  5. 50
    Be sure to stay for the coda, a damning piece of newsreel that casts much of what went before in a whole new light.
  6. Reviewed by: Laine Ewen
    The idea for the film is engaging and interesting, but the result is bland.
  7. We can almost hear the way he (Keitel) will speak a line before he speaks it. The triteness of the role and its performance, instead of dramatizing the contrast between this philistine and the artist, makes the confrontation between the two men a smug setup.
  8. Boy, can Harvey Keitel be bad -- and not bad like "Bad Lieutenant," bad like bad acting.
  9. The sides to consider in Taking Sides are all but obscured by cinematic pomposity at best, Holocaust porn at worst.

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