Valkyrie

Metascore
56

Mixed or average reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 36
  2. Negative: 1 out of 36

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Critic Reviews

  1. The movie works like a clock. A few minor quibbles aside (the casting of Hitler, for instance), Valkyrie is a highly intelligent and deeply engrossing historical drama and, frame for frame, the year's most suspenseful nail-biter.
  2. The film is a minor Christmas miracle: It succeeds on its own terms, despite the gossip hounds' best blood-sniffing efforts, and dares to be an entertainment rather than a statement.
  3. 75
    A taut suspense flick for grown-ups.
  4. 75
    Tom Cruise is perfectly satisfactory, if not electrifying, in the leading role.
  5. The mechanics of the actual plot are pretty amazing. Singer has assembled a top-notch international cast.
  6. 75
    Valkyrie, despite being a more straightforward thriller, is less gripping than "Downfall," the most recent film in which Hitler had significant screen time.
  7. The result is a fairly co-ordinated effort that, despite a few miscues, yields a consistently watchable film.
  8. Singer has crafted a fine film. One just wishes for greater details -- and a different ending.
  9. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    70
    Has visual splendor galore, but is a cold work lacking in the requisite tension and suspense.
  10. 70
    Valkyrie just misses out on being a great film (it’s no Black Book), but it easily merits mention as a good one.
  11. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    70
    Once Singer dispenses with the introductory pathos and gets to the nuts and bolts of Stauffenberg's plan, Valkyrie becomes an admirably modest and compact suspense thriller.
  12. A perfectly acceptable motion picture. The only thing that keeps it from even greater accomplishments may be inherent in the story itself.
  13. 70
    As a suspense movie, this works pretty well: director Bryan Singer (X-Men, The Usual Suspects) maintains a crisp pace as the plotters set out to kill the fuhrer with a briefcase bomb, and the historical details of the botched coup, which exploited one of Hitler's own contingency plans to mobilize the army reserves and disarm the SS, are inherently interesting.
  14. A brutally efficient bit of storytelling, and it makes no unforced errors. It is admirably free of any Spielbergian effort to squeeze sentimentality or inspirational lessons out of what is a complicated and morally complex story.
  15. Once the plotters plunge into action, though, Valkyrie becomes both an exciting thriller and a useful history lesson.
  16. 63
    Tom Cruise starring in the fact-based story of a plot to kill Hitler by Nazi Col. Claus von Stauffenberg sounds like Oscar bait. It isn't. And the sooner you accept it, the more fun you'll have at this satisfying B movie.
  17. It's a procedural, often absorbing, rarely surprising, about a briefcase bomb and a near-miss. Yet there's no question the film feels dodgy and vague when it comes to the personalities and ideology of the men onscreen.
  18. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    63
    It's a smooth, compelling, almost suspenseful (more on that in a bit), and slightly hollow Hollywood period piece.
  19. Reviewed by: Jenni Miller
    63
    Marketed as a combination of a popcorn-munching actioner, but that's somewhat misleading -- it's also a well-researched historical thriller. Unfortunately, it ends up not succeeding as either.
User Score
6.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 222 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 52 out of 77
  2. Negative: 5 out of 77
  1. Aug 17, 2015
    7
    The movie had an interesting and original plot and pretty good acting performances.But, the movie is long for nothing and it gets boringThe movie had an interesting and original plot and pretty good acting performances.But, the movie is long for nothing and it gets boring pretty fast. Overall, a good movie. Nothing more, nothing less. Full Review »
  2. Jan 5, 2015
    6
    Valkyrie isn't particularly lacking in aspects but it also doesn't excel in any. The costumes are great but other than that there isn'tValkyrie isn't particularly lacking in aspects but it also doesn't excel in any. The costumes are great but other than that there isn't anything about it that can be considered great. It's just decent. Full Review »
  3. Aug 31, 2014
    4
    Valkyrie is filled with ample potential for an excellent look at Nazi-controlled Germany. Unfortunately between a weak screenplay and anotherValkyrie is filled with ample potential for an excellent look at Nazi-controlled Germany. Unfortunately between a weak screenplay and another poor performance from Tom Cruise, Valkyrie is shelved with the group of unsuccessful Holocaust films. Full Review »