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L'Armée des ombres (Army in the Shadows) Reviews

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Glenn Heath Jr.
Slant Magazine
January 12, 2011
"Jean-Pierre Melville cherishes paradox and free thinking," and both elements are on beautiful display in his masterpiece.
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
April 22, 2010
one of those blessed pictures in which all elements, from its writing through to its editing, coalesce into a work of profound philosophical and emotional unity
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
August 22, 2007
As bleak as it is compelling, it will leave you wondering if these freedom fighters haven't done more damage to each other than they have to the Nazi aggressors.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
August 17, 2007
As close to a masterpiece as any film you're likely to see this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Chris Cabin
May 15, 2007
a stunning, globetrotting spy masterpiece
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 25, 2007
A film to be seen and savored for its moral magnitude.
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
Rich in the elegance, assurance and quasi-formality that often define Melville's style.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
February 15, 2007
The fascination comes in minute observation of the Resistance soldiers' mannerisms, demeanor and interaction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Emanuel Levy
February 2, 2007
It's hard to believe that Melville's 1969 masterpiece--one of the most accurate chronicles of the French Resistance--never got released in the US until 2006; Splendidly acted, this film draws on the helmer's own experience.
Full Review | Original Score: A
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
February 2, 2007
Although it has several suspenseful sequences, "Shadows" is not a spy thriller, precisely. It's much more along the lines of a melancholy mood piece...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 26, 2007
The glacial pacing can be an irritant as the film unfolds -- I repeatedly wanted to speed things up -- but Army of Shadows won't leave you alone after you've seen it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Harvey S. Karten
January 19, 2007
A superb contribution from an A-class film-maker.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
January 18, 2007
One of the masterpieces of its era and its genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
January 18, 2007
From the first sight of German soldiers goose-stepping past the Arc de Triomphe to a postscript that spells out the fate of characters whose moral confusion is all too real, Army of Shadows is a movie of its time -- and ours.
| Original Score: 4/4
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
January 11, 2007
ARMY OF SHADOWS is a remarkable and superb film, and American audiences should be rejoicing that is finally (if belatedly) has reached theaters.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
December 30, 2006
A fascinating picture of bureaucratic drudgery, even in the middle of war and occupation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
November 18, 2006
Unlike the romantic images of freedom fighters perpetuated by the popular media, Melville's movie is stripped of self-congratulatory hero worship and other puffery.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Stuart Klawans
The Nation
November 11, 2006
There is nothing more to say, except 'Go.'
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
October 20, 2006
Rare is the film that actually improves with time. Among that handful is the 1969 French thriller Army of Shadows.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
October 20, 2006
Melville stages riveting set pieces, tense little nuggets of men striking in the dark and dealing out death.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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