L'Armée des ombres (Army in the Shadows) - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

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

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 7, 2006
It's a haunting and sublime work that offers a realistic but horrific account of the underground Resistance.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
September 22, 2006
For anyone interested in the impact of war on ordinary men, Army of Shadows proves a sobering and invaluable experience.
| Original Score: B+
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
September 21, 2006
This memorable movie movingly pays tribute to those who chose not to remain silent, to those ordinary men and women who chose to do extraordinary things... from the shadows.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
September 15, 2006
Place it squarely in the category of overlooked gems.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Marta Barber
Miami Herald
September 8, 2006
Its lack of sentimentality and melodrama is what elevates this thriller to another level.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 25, 2006
Characterizations as thin as those in Army of Shadows would detract from most movies, but here, they give the movie strength. Melville's point is that the people themselves are not as important as their cause.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
August 12, 2006
... more than lives up to its reputation.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
August 12, 2006
... a riveting account of life among the French Resistance during World War II's Nazi occupation.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
August 4, 2006
Watching it evokes a combination of pity for [the protagonists'] naive idealism and awe at Melville's uncanny brilliance.
Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
August 1, 2006
The result is in many ways the height of Melville's splicings of daredevil, adventure-story heroics and exceedingly grim twists of fate.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 1, 2006
Another masterpiece on Melville's resume.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
July 21, 2006
Its moral is just as relevant today as it ever was during the resistance years -- that the only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.
| Original Score: 3/4
July 14, 2006
It doesn't require a lot of dialog and action to create a mood; instead it fills the screen with tension and the constant threat of danger.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
July 13, 2006
A painstaking study in courage and conviction under agonizing pressure.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
July 10, 2006
Austere yet probing portrait of the French resistance...beautifully made and thoroughly engrossing.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Les Wright
culturevulture.net
July 8, 2006
Taut, superb acting, narrative told by mood rather than action, the understated visuals, the elements of 'Army of Shadows' merge to seep in under the skin and create an unforgettable and disturbing experience.
Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
July 7, 2006
Escapism in Melville's cinema inevitably gives way to existentialism; pure entertainment becomes unattainable.
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
June 30, 2006
There is little safety in Army of Shadows, and its dangers add up humanly, not melodramatically (to call it a 'war film' seems trite).
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
June 26, 2006
Melville outlines the valorous and dirty deeds of heroes in taut action sequences that reach unusually existential heights. [Blu-ray]
| Original Score: 4/4
Gregory M. Lamb
Christian Science Monitor
June 23, 2006
In [Melville's] stark and unvarnished film, the violence is routine and ugly, the moral choices painful and uncertain, the relationships deep yet fragile, the victories costly and ephemeral.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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