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Black Book (Zwartboek) Reviews

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Nick Rogers

The handsomely mounted, heedlessly pulpy modernist World War II thriller that "The Good German" and "Valkyrie" failed to be - a dizzying rush of daring rescues, sexual intrigue, treachery, betrayal, gunfights, hasty conclusions and harrowing consequences.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/4

September 25, 2010
Fernando F. Croce

It's the last thing a Verhoeven film should be: tasteful

Full Review Source: CinePassion

August 27, 2009
Brian Holcomb
Beyond Hollywood

A slick, thrilling, trashy, melodramatic and serialesque soap opera adventure which conceals the complex tale of moral ambiguity beneath.

Full Review Source: Beyond Hollywood

April 18, 2008
Prairie Miller

While gleefully turning all prior war movie stereotypes on their heads, Verhoeven opts for the bizarre theory that ravishing designing women and lots of sex can change the course of world history.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

March 6, 2008
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

There are a lot of plot twists at the end of the film, maybe too many, but it will keep you guessing.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: B

January 15, 2008
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Verhoeven simplesmente mantém sua obsessão habitual com sexo e violência (geralmente combinando os dois), mas sem qualquer sofisticação narrativa ou visual.

Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena | Original Score: 2/5

January 12, 2008

It's engaging as an espionage thriller and as a story of courage and determination.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.5/5

January 5, 2008
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total

(...) A uno le parece estar viendo más un detrás de cámaras que una película en serio, esperando que el director grite "corten" en cualquier momento y que el equipo aplauda por lo bien que salió la toma.

Full Review Source: Uruguay Total | Original Score: 2/5

October 30, 2007
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media

Mature WWII drama taps into base human instinct.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

October 22, 2007
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies

Pulpy, almost James Bond-like in its mix of spy thrills, action, sex, intrigue, and bold characters.

Full Review Source: Window to the Movies | Original Score: 7/10

October 18, 2007
Louis Proyect

Although Verhoeven's plot seems far-fetched at times, it is based on actual history and casts doubt on the "Good War" mythology of films like "Saving Private Ryan".

Full Review Source:

September 27, 2007
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide

Its failings are substantial, yet the fact that it's overblown and incredible doesn't entirely outweigh the fact that it's also exciting, fascinating, sexy, and thrilling.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 72/100

September 22, 2007
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Confronts us with an ugly humanity that is nevertheless unnervingly human.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 9/10

September 20, 2007
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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A hard-core war film with raw violence, intense action, graphic sexuality and a twisting plot that offers a series of surprises.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 1, 2007
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

It's an outrageous idea, but Verhoeven carries it off, largely on the charisma of his actors' performances.

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: A-

August 11, 2007
Chris Kaltenbach
Baltimore Sun

[Director] Verhoeven proves a sure-handed storyteller, which might come as a surprise, as well as a terrific visual stylist, which shouldn't.

Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun | Original Score: A

July 10, 2007
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

It's a bombshell of a film %u2013 riveting from start to finish and great entertainment to boot

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

June 29, 2007
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

Carice van Houten is an astonishing find, and if someone were on the ball she'd be world famous sooner rather than later.

Full Review Source: Film Scouts | Original Score: A-

June 21, 2007
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Contains the violence, nudity and sex we expect from a movie by Paul Verhoeven, but moves with the narrative drive and surprise of a war film from decades past.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

June 19, 2007

Verhoeven porte un regard des plus évocateurs sur les nombreuses nuances de la Seconde Guerre mondiale

Full Review Source: Panorama | Original Score: 8/10

June 3, 2007
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