Opening

19% Transcendence Apr 18
17% A Haunted House 2 Apr 18
53% Heaven Is for Real Apr 16
87% Bears Apr 18
57% Fading Gigolo Apr 18

Top Box Office

89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier $41.3M
48% Rio 2 $39.3M
71% Oculus $12.0M
63% Draft Day $9.8M
77% Noah $7.6M
40% Divergent $7.4M
13% God's Not Dead $5.5M
92% The Grand Budapest Hotel $4.1M
79% Muppets Most Wanted $2.3M
78% Mr. Peabody & Sherman $1.9M

Coming Soon

44% The Other Woman Apr 25
—— Brick Mansions Apr 25
71% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 May 02
100% Neighbors May 09
—— Godzilla May 16

New Episodes Tonight

—— Continuum: Season 3
100% Hannibal: Season 2
—— Hart of Dixie: Season 3
—— Last Man Standing: Season 3
—— Unforgettable: Season 2

Discuss Last Night's Shows

—— Anger Management: Season 2
92% Community: Season 5
55% The Crazy Ones: Season 1
100% Grey's Anatomy: Season 10
90% Parenthood: Season 5
100% Parks and Recreation: Season 6
100% Portlandia: Season 4
55% Reign: Season 1
0% Saint George: Season 1
100% Scandal: Season 3
73% Sirens: Season 1
68% Surviving Jack: Season 1
92% Vikings: Season 2

Certified Fresh TV

77% About a Boy: Season 1
97% The Americans: Season 2
82% The Blacklist: Season 1
88% Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season 1
85% Enlisted: Season 1
98% Fargo: Season 1
98% Game of Thrones: Season 4
100% Hannibal: Season 2
96% Silicon Valley: Season 1

Dark Blue World (2001)

tomatometer

62

Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 58
Fresh: 36 | Rotten: 22

While it's better than Pearl Harbor, Dark Blue World still spends too much time on a trite love triangle.

67

Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 21
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 7

While it's better than Pearl Harbor, Dark Blue World still spends too much time on a trite love triangle.

audience

85

liked it
Average Rating: 3.8/5
User Ratings: 3,622

My Rating

Movie Info

The friendship of two men is tested by war, political upheaval, and romantic rivalry in this drama from Czech filmmaker Jan Sverak, whose Kolya became an international success. Lt. Franta Slama (Ondrej Vetchy) is a top pilot in the Czech Air Force who is assigned to train a promising young flier, Karel Vojtisek (Krystof Hadek). Franta and Karel both share a great enthusiasm for the thrill of blazing across the sky, and they become fast friends; however, when Nazi Germany invades Czechoslovakia,

R,

Drama

Zdenek Sverák

May 28, 2002

Sony Pictures Classics - Official Site External Icon

Watch It Now

Cast

ADVERTISEMENT

Friend Ratings

No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.

All Critics (71) | Top Critics (26) | Fresh (36) | Rotten (22) | DVD (14)

It's a fitting requiem for heroes forgotten.

July 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Looks like the Eastern European version of director Michael Bay's popcorn epic from last summer.

April 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Comment (1)
Toronto Star
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Dark Blue World almost feels like three scripts rolled into one.

April 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
Top Critic IconTop Critic

A bittersweet world, and it's frankly one to which we've been before, but seldom do we see it rendered with such exquisite, if pained, craftsmanship.

April 5, 2002
Boston Globe
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Dark Blue World's warm story and beautiful photography almost hits the mark, and it has a great ending.

March 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Pearl Harbor without the product placements, without the Hollywood bombast, and certainly without the $100-million-plus budget.

February 28, 2002
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic IconTop Critic

A complex story with a number of twists, it possesses a fatalism uncommon in American films.

July 5, 2002 Full Review | Comment (1)
Des Moines Register

The love triangle seems lifted out of "Pearl Harbor", and if there's a war movie from which you don't want to take inspiration, it's that one.

May 21, 2002

Ondrej Vetchý is impressive as the stoic Franta.

April 15, 2002 Full Review Source: BBC

Dark Blue World is a human war movie without flag-waving -- a relief these days.

April 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

Solid writing and endearing performances steer it clear of the usual mawkish traps.

March 1, 2002
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

More bleak and certainly more hushed than the relatively bombastic Pearl Harbor, but they both tell a war-movie plot staple in approximately the same way.

March 1, 2002 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

Takes an astounding piece of history and squanders it in cliches, sentimentality and cheap dramatics.

March 1, 2002 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

A tale that's tragic, funny and compelling.

March 1, 2002 Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer
Charlotte Observer

Between the complicated flashback structure and the hackneyed story (it's essentially the plot of Pearl Harbor), the Sveraks never get much momentum going, and the film becomes monotonous.

February 25, 2002 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

The Sveráks have made a glorious, tremendously knowing film.

February 17, 2002 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

This Czech-made drama demonstrates that American filmmakers haven't completely cornered the market on hackneyed World War II romances.

February 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Fitzgerald is a fine bit of Brit, the men are truly men, England shines, the sky is streaked with courage. And attention is owed.

February 1, 2002 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

Audience Reviews for Dark Blue World

Compelling and well crafted movie that tells the little-known true story of heroic pilots for whom WWII never really ended.

Krystof Hádek is outstanding, I continue to be impressed with the quality of Czech actors and films.
December 13, 2009
flixsterman
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

Well unfortunately for the 2001 film "Pearl Harbor", I think I have found a film that beat it in being more engaging and more dramatic, despite a less-popcorn movie feel, and the non-100 million dollar budget!

Dark Blue World, or (Tmavomodry svet), isn't going to win you with high priced action scenes and effects, but it will get you with a lucid story line, that is drenched in heartfelt dialouge and makes you feel pride.

So what about the acting? Well of course this film is forgien and includes both Czech and English dialouge, but you can still really feel that they know what they are doing on screen and are just as good as our Hollywood counterparts, and maybe , especcialy in this film, maybe even better then some of them.

The score was rather impressive , although it wasn't as good I expected, but rather still as good as I was hoping. It really meshed well in the right action scenes, mellowing out when it was a really good time for it to slow down.

Yes, somehow this film kept me thouroghly enganged throughout, and I rather found this film as a little gem for my collection. I am not sure why, but this film is a film in which you never hear of it, but when you do, you can't stop not hearing about it, from yourself!
August 25, 2010
EbertsLittleApprentice

Super Reviewer

A Czech film about Czech fighter pilots flying for the R.A.F in world war two, the immediate build up and the aftermath. I found it very interesting to see this inspiring and also tragic tale from a Czech perspective. Fans of war films will obviously like it but there's a great deal here of a human and historical nature to fulfil a wider appeal too.
January 4, 2011
Shrewlord
The Shrewlord

Super Reviewer

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss Dark Blue World on our Movie forum!

What's Hot On RT

Critics Consensus
Critics Consensus

Transcendence is a Sci-Fi Snooze

Total Recall
Total Recall

Johnny Depp's Best Movies

24 Frames
24 Frames

Picture gallery of movie bears

Good Friday
Good Friday

50 movie posters gallery

Summer Movies
Summer Movies

10 most anticipated blockbusters

Foreign Titles

  • Dark Blue World (Tmavomodry svet) (DE)
  • Dark Blue World (Tmavomodry svet) (CA)
Find us on:                 
Help | About | Jobs | Critics Submission | Press | API | Licensing | Mobile