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Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

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  • Summary: This World War II drama looks at one day of fighting in northern Italy through the eyes of American, German, and Italian troops.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    75
    Though impressively ambitious and making the most of a small budget and talented cast, director Ari Taub's feature concentrates so intently on the day-to-day minutiae of infantry life on World War II's European front that the bigger picture gets lost.
  2. 75
    You care for these warriors, no matter which uniform they're wearing. I don't know Taub's intentions, but The Fallen makes a potent antiwar statement.
  3. It's an ensemble piece with a dark, salty mood that reminded me of Robert Altman and Robert Aldrich, with a touch of Francis Ford Coppola. It's notably non-"gung ho."
  4. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    70
    Directed by Ari Taub with a naturalistic style and a nonpartisan eye, The Fallen finds its humanity in the dailiness of a soldier's life, in the long stretches of nothing, where tensions swell and the killing of a deer can spark a mutiny.
  5. Reviewed by: Leo Goldsmith
    60
    Thankfully, The Fallen is neither dour nor sentimental, but while the scope is ambitious and the tone refreshingly light on moralism, few of the innumerable characters and subplots elicit much sympathy.
  6. The European actors (especially Sartor) give commendably realistic performances, but the film suffers from an episodic script, which contributes to the sense of anticlimax when the battle finally arrives.
  7. 50
    This crazily ambitious film is saddled with a musical score that's often jarringly jolly and a screenplay so busy jumping from platoon to platoon that no single story ever takes hold. Yet, all is not lost. The photography and period detailing are excellent, and Taub, who displays real feeling for the innocent bystanders of war, finds the occasional small, surprising moment.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. ScottR.
    Nov 19, 2006
    10
    Taub's take is one of a kind...no obvious precedent...will he strike again? Real reel lovers want to put him on our shoulders and carry Taub's take is one of a kind...no obvious precedent...will he strike again? Real reel lovers want to put him on our shoulders and carry him to Hollywood...should we? Next film Ari...do it again...show us you have the muse that moves us. Expand
  2. LeighS.
    Mar 13, 2006
    10
    A definite indie classic. You must go see.
  3. RobertB.
    Apr 12, 2006
    10
    This is a unique Point-of-View narrative; it's more character driven than big plot oriented. It challenges your own loyalty to the This is a unique Point-of-View narrative; it's more character driven than big plot oriented. It challenges your own loyalty to the characters as the characters struggle with their sense of loyalty. Collapse
  4. MitchellB.
    Mar 13, 2006
    9
    There's still hope for passionate, talented, dedicated independent filmmakers. The film provides a completely humanistic look at There's still hope for passionate, talented, dedicated independent filmmakers. The film provides a completely humanistic look at soldiers at war. Great ensemble acting from a large multinational cast in three languages, amazing production values, humor, pathos, tragedy. It looks like a fine foreign film, only the movie was actually made in Brooklyn! Rumor has it that it cost far less than the reported "less than one million dollars", to make. To paraphrase THE FALLEN review in the New York Post, if only those pea brains in Hollywood would see this movie, they might learn a thing or two. I've seen the movie several times, and it gets better and more nuanced with each viewing. I only hope that others get to see it. Keep making making quality movies Ari Taub. Expand
  5. Jun 1, 2012
    0
    I bought this film from Tesco for £3. I've never felt so badly ripped off in my entire life. The quotes on the box describe it asI bought this film from Tesco for £3. I've never felt so badly ripped off in my entire life. The quotes on the box describe it as a winner of multiple film festivals, and the quote, from the "The Reeler" on the box states "Saving Private Ryan, but even better"

    Don't believe the lies on the box, or the ridiculously high scores given by the other reviews on this site. This film is pure garbage. Without a doubt, the most terrible film I've ever seen.

    In fact so terrible; that after contemplating giving this DVD to the charity shop, I decided not to, as I felt the negative effect it would have on a future charity shop customer, might put them off giving to charity again.
    In the end I had no choice but to shred this DVD and burn it , so offensive to the eye it was; and it was the only way to be sure that no-one else would have to be afflicted by seeing that DVD.

    This film has completely destroyed my faith in the quality of supermarket budget film sections, and the ability of major chain buyers. The box quote should read â
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