Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
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  1. Reviewed by: Phil de Semlyen
    60
    Compelling performances and beautifully told heroics but the pacing is flawed in terms of a thrilling cinematic experience.
  2. There's no sense of the oppression France felt under Nazi rule. It's all just play-acting in period-specific attire. You can almost hear the AD calling lunch.
  3. Reviewed by: Jordan Mintzer
    60
    Guediguian's lengthy period yarn features a wide array of characters filmed with his habitual simpatico eye, but loses the dramatic thread in too many plots, too little action and not enough originality.
User Score
6.8

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. Apr 8, 2011
    6
    A rather slow, somber, almost documentary style movie that copies most French resistance movies in it's sincerity and squareness. What isA rather slow, somber, almost documentary style movie that copies most French resistance movies in it's sincerity and squareness. What is missing here is the story outside the story: namely the fact that most post 1943 Parisian anti nazi terrorist/patriotic attacks came from foreigners, and that they were rounded up by the French for the Nazis. It's done in a biographical way and we are introduced to the main members over time, but we don't get into understanding much of the characters, or learn much about their different ethnic backgrounds, and in the end we see nothing of the show trial and the involvement of the French collaborators in the propaganda. As it is a French film the director doesn't feel the need to educate the uninitiated, and I suspect he leaves many young French in the dark as well. Full Review »