La Battaglia di Algeri (The Battle of Algiers) Reviews

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Harold Clurman
The Nation
January 18, 2013
Its content has classic and tragic dimensions beyond politics.
Top Critic
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
July 3, 2012
Essential viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Glenn Heath Jr.
Slant Magazine
July 1, 2012
The film establishes a kinetic documentary effect, making the impact of every shoot-out and explosion a deeply personal experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Emanuel Levy
March 24, 2012
This seminal. meticulously crafted work about Algiers struggle for freedom won the Venic Film Fest top award, and deservedly garnered Pontecorvo Oscar nominations as Best Director and Co-scribe.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Eric Melin
October 27, 2011
Partially because of its documentary style, used so effectively by director Gillo Pontecorvo, it never gets heavy-handed -- exploring the idea of violence as a necessary evil for freedom.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
August 4, 2011
Both a how-to manual for guerrilla terrorism and a cautionary tale about how to fight it. It's also quite possibly the finest war film ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Cole Smithey
April 26, 2009
"The Battle Of Algiers" is a one of a kind masterpiece of pure cinema that you will never forget.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
It's a frank blend of exoticism, eroticism and foreshadowed horror.
Top Critic
Variety Staff
October 18, 2008
It's a dedicated effort with importance as a 'document.'
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
March 10, 2008
One of the essential works of world cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film
December 7, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Matthew Leyland
May 15, 2007
A riveting reconstruction of the struggle for independence in mid-50s Algiers, its pseudo-documentary style still feels as headline-fresh as its content.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

May 11, 2007
Gillo Pontecorvo's epic of revolutionary fervour has dimmed not an iota since it was first released in 1966.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Philip Kemp
Total Film
May 11, 2007
Forty years on, the film's lost not a fraction of its power.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
May 11, 2007
Faux-documentary masterpiece
Peter Bradshaw
May 11, 2007
Whatever they made of The Battle of Algiers at the Pentagon, this is a must-see for everyone else now.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
James Christopher
Times [UK]
May 11, 2007
Brilliantly directed set-pieces and remarkable thronging crowd scenes make the film a masterpiece; the ominous familiarity of its subject makes it a must-see.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
May 11, 2007
The most important piece of political filmmaking since Battleship Potemkin.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio
February 7, 2007
The inspiration and blueprint for docudrama and ideological cinema worldwide.
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
December 7, 2006
what really resonates on watching Algiers is its message about the widespread loss of civilian life and the staggering destruction to civic infrastructure as the heaviest costs of war
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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