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Age of the Uprising (2014)

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Average Rating: 5.2/10
Reviews Counted: 28
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 14

Age of the Uprising is well-acted and skillfully composed; unfortunately, it crawls along too slowly to take advantage of its finer qualities.

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Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 4

Age of the Uprising is well-acted and skillfully composed; unfortunately, it crawls along too slowly to take advantage of its finer qualities.

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An epic drama set in 16th century France against a backdrop of feudalism in decline, AGE OF UPRISING: THE LEGEND MICHAEL KOHLHAAS stars Mads Mikkelsen (A ROYAL AFFAIR, VALHALLA RISING, Hannibal) as a well-to-do horse merchant who resorts to fanatical and violent extremes to obtain justice after a nobleman openly and illegally humiliates him by stealing two of his horses. Adapted from Heinrich von Kleist's novella, a classic of German Romanticism, MICHAEL KOHLHAAS was previously adapted for film

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The film is almost monotonously somber, though not in a bad way -- when it erupts into violence or settles briefly into moments of intimacy, the shift in tone can be surprising, even invigorating.

June 5, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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It can be quite powerful on the rare occasions when it allows raw emotion to make its way to the surface.

June 5, 2014 Full Review Source: AV Club
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The severely beautiful film is painted in a dauntingly austere manner, as if lost in a war against itself, with confrontations underplayed and the rural landscapes making more of an impression than the detoured drama.

May 29, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Times
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It's a strong story of lonely, even futile righteousness, which makes the plodding execution by director Arnaud des Pallierès somewhat mystifying.

May 29, 2014 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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This muted approach robs the film of sorely needed momentum, but offers a rare opportunity for contemplation, a trade-off that only occasionally satisfies.

May 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Succeeds neither as a decent adaptation of the book nor as a rewarding movie in its own right ... Dullness prevails.

December 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Des Pallières also hears his historical era: the richly detailed sound design, of jostles and clanks and wind, compensates partially for the film's often deliberate pace.

June 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Newcity
Newcity

Beautifully shot, well-acted, and respectful to a fault, Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas is often left inert by its weighty meditations.

June 2, 2014 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

Silly critics expected "Braveheart" when it was more like Ingmar Bergman's "Virgin Spring". Ignore the shallow minds; this is a serious art film worthy of your attention if you have an IQ over 80.

May 30, 2014 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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If moviegoers are willing to test the waters of the film, they will be rewarded with a completely shattering ending that proves its lead's talents.

May 30, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine
Movie Mezzanine

Medieval mumblecore. And social conflict as secondary to the scenery in this dramatic momentum-free travelogue, a treat solely for arty snobs and couch potato political dilettantes. Poverty porn as high art, and most memorable, a pregnant horse in labor.

May 30, 2014 Full Review Source: Critical Women
Critical Women

Without a character to connect with it all amounts to nothing but a poor man's Braveheart, minus that film's vigorous battle sequences.

May 29, 2014 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

[Kohlhaas'] refusal to place himself above the law, even after he learns its ineffectuality firsthand, is what gives the tale its tragic, fable-like resonance.

May 29, 2014 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

Come to it with a certain moviegoing flexibility, and the effort will expose a wealth of technical triumphs and emotional substance.

May 29, 2014 Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com
Blu-ray.com

A little dull, but beautifully shot and acted.

May 27, 2014 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

Greatly cognizant of the revenge genre's penchant for hypocritical demagoguery, director Arnaud des Pallières unsettles the audience's usual feelings of vicarious blood lust.

May 25, 2014 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Mikkelsen is fine in the role, bringing to the part the gravitas and dogged persistence required.

March 10, 2014 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

"Age of Uprising" unsettles as it raises troubling questions about the price, morality and flexibility of a "principled stand."

February 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

Des Pallières's picture is stern and impressive, although its endless, one-note hammer blows soon start to grow tiresome.

January 5, 2014 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Arnaud des Pallières's pompous historical epic is a waste of good scenery.

January 3, 2014 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

A handsomely made and beautifully photographed 16th-century period drama from film-maker Arnaud des Pallières.

January 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

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