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Dark Blue World Reviews

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
July 20, 2002
It's a fitting requiem for heroes forgotten.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey Bruner
Des Moines Register
July 5, 2002
A complex story with a number of twists, it possesses a fatalism uncommon in American films.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/5
May 21, 2002
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Simon Wardell
BBC.com
April 15, 2002
Ondrej Vetchż is impressive as the stoic Franta.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
April 12, 2002
Looks like the Eastern European version of director Michael Bay's popcorn epic from last summer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
April 12, 2002
Dark Blue World is a human war movie without flag-waving -- a relief these days.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
Dark Blue World almost feels like three scripts rolled into one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
April 5, 2002
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Marta Barber
Miami Herald
March 7, 2002
Dark Blue World's warm story and beautiful photography almost hits the mark, and it has a great ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Todd Anthony
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
March 1, 2002
Solid writing and endearing performances steer it clear of the usual mawkish traps.
| Original Score: 3/4
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
March 1, 2002
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
March 1, 2002
Takes an astounding piece of history and squanders it in cliches, sentimentality and cheap dramatics.
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
March 1, 2002
A tale that's tragic, funny and compelling.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 28, 2002
Pearl Harbor without the product placements, without the Hollywood bombast, and certainly without the $100-million-plus budget.
| Original Score: 3/4
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
February 25, 2002
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
February 17, 2002
The SverŠks have made a glorious, tremendously knowing film.
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
February 15, 2002
This Czech-made drama demonstrates that American filmmakers haven't completely cornered the market on hackneyed World War II romances.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
February 8, 2002
Sverak has a great feeling for the glories of airplanes, and the technical resources in the picture are astounding.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
February 7, 2002
The movie's ambitions ... are not matched by the actual story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
February 1, 2002
Fitzgerald is a fine bit of Brit, the men are truly men, England shines, the sky is streaked with courage. And attention is owed.
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