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Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
November 6, 2003
Hailed as a masterpiece by others, Ashes and Diamonds failed to capture my imagination
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
March 27, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Beth Accomando
March 30, 2003
Cybulski, called the Polish James Dean, gives a broodingly intense performance.
| Original Score: 5/5
Cole Smithey
April 11, 2009
The final installment in Andrzej Wajda's war trilogy - following "A Generation" (1954) and "Kanal" (1956) - is a coolly romantic wartime movie about Maciek, a young Polish resistance fighter whose demise coincides with Germany's surrender.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 13, 2005
This great film by Andrzej Wajda is considered the greatest Polish film ever made, and I'm sure that's not too far off the mark.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
Taut thriller about immediate postwar Poland also has a heavier theme of the futility of killing and violence. Its technical knowhow, fine acting and directorial prowess make this an above average drama.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 24, 2006
This taut political thriller is a fine example of one of the first Polish New Wave films.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
November 14, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Matt Bailey
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
October 10, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
March 26, 2013
Only Wajda, though, could muster such a mood, with everyone feeding on smoke and booze, and the assembled company, at the end, dancing to a cracked polonaise.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
April 26, 2001
Wajda tends toward harsh and overstated imagery, but he achieves a fascinating psychological rapport with his lead actor, Zbigniew Cybulski.
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Zbigniew Cybulski as the hero is sensitive, attractive and alert -- a lad with humor and compassion. One is strongly drawn to him.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
July 19, 2007
The third panel in Wajda WWII trilogy (that began with Generation and continued with Kanal) is considered one of his best works; it also shows why Cybulski was labeled the Polish James Dean.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Alexander Walker
This is London
March 26, 2013
When you watch Ashes And Diamonds, remember, you're not just seeing a film: you're looking at a manifesto that has found a voice and a face and speaks for a whole deceived generation.
Derek Malcolm
March 26, 2013
Wajda's deeply romantic and personal vision, inspired by both Italian neo-realism and by the more baroque images of Expressionism, makes Ashes and Diamonds a gripping experience.

May 24, 2003
An overlooked masterpiece of Eastern European cinema, this eminently powerful and sophisticated drama delicately dissects issues and themes rarely visited by war movies.
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
Wajda's way is the sweet smell of excess, but some scenes remain powerfully memorable -- the lighting of drinks on the bar, the upturned Christ in a bombed church, and Cybulski's prolonged death agonies at the close.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
March 26, 2013
Richly composed and photographed, with atmosphere aplenty, Ashes and Diamonds suffers somewhat from an excess of loose plot ends and of underdeveloped characters, perhaps a consequence of having been based on a prestigious novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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TIME Magazine
March 26, 2013
Honest, brutally powerful and often shocking.
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