• R, 2 hr. 3 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Rachid Bouchareb
    In Theaters:
    Mar 2, 2007 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jun 12, 2007
  • The Weinstein Company

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Days of Glory (Indigenes) Reviews

Jonathan F. Richards
Film.com
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Instead of guys named Danny and Polack and Sol and Brooklyn, you've got guys named Said and Yassir and Messaoud and Abdelkader. But it's the same deal. Prick them, do they not bleed? Blow them up, do their limbs not scatter and their guts not spill?

Full Review Source: Film.com

May 22, 2007
Wally Hammond
Time Out
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Bouchareb shows a real talent for action sequences.

Full Review Source: Time Out

March 29, 2007
Michael Booth
Denver Post
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A solidly-constructed window onto an era and a culture clash many Americans never knew existed.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 23, 2007
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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A shattering tale of bravery and unrewarded loyalty.

| Original Score: A-

March 23, 2007
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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It's to the credit of the actors, and Algerian-born director Rachid Bouchareb, that we become emotionally involved with the soldiers and the injustices they are forced to endure.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

March 16, 2007
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Days of Glory may lack a certain complexity, but then courage under fire from all sides -- be it the enemy's weapons or your own country's disgusting bigotry -- is a pretty straightforward proposition. The plain facts are more than enough.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B

March 8, 2007
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Rachid Bouchareb's stirring war movie does for the North Africans what Ousmane Sembene and Thierno Faty Sow's Camp Thiaroye did for the Senegalese: it acknowledges the important role they played fighting alongside the French in World War II.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

March 2, 2007
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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Rarely does a movie's title prove as bitterly ironic as Days of Glory.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

March 2, 2007
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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It's a war movie burning with discontent, a moving reminder of the sacrifices that Algerian Muslim infantrymen made for a motherland that treated them abominably.

| Original Score: 3/4

March 1, 2007
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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The movie is more about what happens between the battles than during them. It's the plight of the men, fighting for an army that considers them second-class citizens, that raises Days of Glory above your average war movie.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

March 1, 2007
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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[Rachid] Bouchareb's movie combines convention with insight in a manner that may prevent it from being a great film but probably helped clinch it as a productive one.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 23, 2007
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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The deluge of World War II movies presents a challenge to Days of Glory, one it can only partially overcome. Very little about it is new.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

February 23, 2007
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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In recounting this conflicted tale, director Rachid Bouchareb displays some valour of his own, resisting what must have been a strong temptation to deal in aggrieved agitprop, and instead confining his attentions to a small group of indigenous soldiers.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

February 23, 2007
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Rachid Bouchareb's Days of Glory, is a movingly acted, terrifically old-fashioned World War II picture rethought as a post-colonial rebuke.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 23, 2007
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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It could be a better movie. But it certainly convinces you of the nobility of the souls of the men whose boots were on the ground and whose bodies went into that same ground.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

February 22, 2007
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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Few [war movies] are as moving as Days, but even so, this film doesn't romanticize. It's hard, clear, full of empathy for its characters and lucid in its insight into their plight.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 22, 2007
David Ansen
Newsweek
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It isn't often a movie has the power to force a country to do the right thing.

February 20, 2007
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Algeria's pick in the Oscar race for Best Foreign-Language film is a wounding indictment of discrimination in the trenches.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

February 17, 2007
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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I've never seen a picture quite like Days of Glory, which not only illuminates a forgotten patch of history, but also broadens and enriches the idea of what it means to be both a patriot, in the best sense of the word, and a citizen of the world.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

February 15, 2007
Jan Stuart
Newsday
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Just when you think you've viewed World War II from every conceivable angle, a picture like Days of Glory comes along and expands your range of vision with a stirring sense of urgency.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 4/4

February 15, 2007
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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The First French Army, composed mostly of 130,000 North Africans, were referred to contemptuously by the French as indigènes -- natives. Their bravery in wartime has never, until now, been adequately described in a movie.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B

February 15, 2007
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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Days of Glory has received a rapturous reception in France, where it has struck a historical nerve with its belated recognition of the sacrifices of 130,000 North African colonial soldiers.

February 14, 2007
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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A stupendous work.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

February 12, 2007
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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The story Bouchareb tells is something no classic has tackled before -- that of patriots fighting for a homeland that didn't treat them with égalité.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A

December 13, 2006
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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[Days of Glory's] grim, cynical portrayal of young men considered worthy enough to die for a foreign country, yet unworthy of being treated as equals, proves bluntly powerful.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B

December 8, 2006
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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A splendid war movie.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

December 8, 2006
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Bouchareb nobly honors men whose sacrifices have largely gone unnoticed.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/4

December 8, 2006
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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Days of Glory is as moving as it is ingenuous.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

December 8, 2006
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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... a film that is feelingly made and steeped in the strongest emotions.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

December 7, 2006
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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Days of Glory has good intentions and a well-executed combat scene, but it could do with more originality.

| Original Score: 2/4

December 6, 2006
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Algeria's official Oscar submission for best foreign language film is a damn good war movie.

| Original Score: 4/5

December 5, 2006
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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Days of Gory makes no departures from previous war films, but the tensions between the French commanders and the indigenous troops -- and the conflicts among themselves over how best to respond to provocations -- gives the film its dramatic punch.

May 26, 2006
Jay Weissberg
Variety
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Big budgeted ($16 million) multi-national production downplays its epic scale with a nicely-tuned ensemble that concentrates on personalities rather than battles, highlighting the contribution these men made despite treatment as second-class soldiers.

Full Review Source: Variety

May 25, 2006
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