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  1. Positive: 2 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Apr 23, 2014
    75
    Walking With the Enemy is a powerful piece of filmmaking that examines history and heroism with big-screen artistry, imagination and thrills.
  2. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Apr 23, 2014
    63
    Walking with the Enemy may not be another “Schindler’s List” (Ben Kingsley has a small but important role as Hungary’s deposed regent) but it’s handsomely photographed (A-list vet Dean Cundey) in Romania and a compelling addition to the Shoah canon.
  3. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Apr 24, 2014
    60
    Motivated by an earnest need to inspire, Schmidt's debut suffers from stiffness but improves as it goes, the tension of its plot overcoming many dramatic failings.
  4. 50
    After Walking with the Enemy, two hours and four minutes of torture, rape and mass shootings, you’ll feel you’ve been tested, too.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Keough
    Apr 24, 2014
    50
    Does not sink to the bathos of Roberto Benigni’s Oscar-winning film (“Life Is Beautiful”), but it does reduce a period of irredeemable horror to the heroics of a single person.
  6. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Apr 24, 2014
    50
    Some of that emotion inevitably makes its way into our perception of the film, which elevates it somewhat, but only to the level of mediocrity.
  7. Reviewed by: Miriam Bale
    Apr 24, 2014
    20
    While a noble, inspiring story, the filmmaking is blunt rather than intelligent.

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  1. May 6, 2014
    7
    Inspired by a true story, this film follows a brave young man (Jonas Armstrong) who poses as a Nazi officer to save other Jews in Budapest. This well-constructed (if not somewhat formulaic) film depicts German cruelty and the bravery of those who stood up to them. It's attractively shot, well acted and directed with passion. Although the drama sometimes gets a bit heavy-handed, it remains an absorbing fim with a charismatic leading man. My minor beefs: everyone speaks with accents (in their own language!) and Armstrong always has a 5 o'clock shadow (which the Nazis would never tolerate). Expand