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

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's a haunting and sublime work that offers a realistic but horrific account of the underground Resistance.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: A

October 7, 2006
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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For anyone interested in the impact of war on ordinary men, Army of Shadows proves a sobering and invaluable experience.

| Original Score: B+

September 22, 2006
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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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 Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: A-

September 21, 2006
John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
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Place it squarely in the category of overlooked gems.

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

September 15, 2006
Marta Barber
Miami Herald
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Its lack of sentimentality and melodrama is what elevates this thriller to another level.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 8, 2006
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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 Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3/4

August 25, 2006
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

... more than lives up to its reputation.

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

August 12, 2006
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

... a riveting account of life among the French Resistance during World War II's Nazi occupation.

Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle | Original Score: 10/10

August 12, 2006
Shawn Levy

Watching it evokes a combination of pity for [the protagonists'] naive idealism and awe at Melville's uncanny brilliance.

Full Review Source: Oregonian

August 4, 2006
Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

The result is in many ways the height of Melville's splicings of daredevil, adventure-story heroics and exceedingly grim twists of fate.

Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You

August 1, 2006
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Another masterpiece on Melville's resume.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 4/4

August 1, 2006
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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 21, 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 Source: | Original Score: 4/5

July 14, 2006
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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A painstaking study in courage and conviction under agonizing pressure.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: A-

July 13, 2006
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

Austere yet probing portrait of the French resistance...beautifully made and thoroughly engrossing.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: A-

July 10, 2006
Les Wright

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.

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July 8, 2006
Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

Escapism in Melville's cinema inevitably gives way to existentialism; pure entertainment becomes unattainable.

Full Review Source: City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

July 7, 2006
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune

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 Source: San Diego Union-Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 30, 2006
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Melville outlines the valorous and dirty deeds of heroes in taut action sequences that reach unusually existential heights. [Blu-ray]

| Original Score: 4/4

June 26, 2006
Gregory M. Lamb
Christian Science Monitor

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 Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: A

June 23, 2006
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