• R, 1 hr. 55 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Jan SverŠk
    In Theaters:
    Dec 28, 2001 Wide
    On DVD:
    May 28, 2002
  • Sony Pictures Classics

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Dark Blue World Reviews

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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It's a fitting requiem for heroes forgotten.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

July 20, 2002
Jeffrey Bruner
Des Moines Register

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

July 5, 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

May 21, 2002
Simon Wardell
BBC.com

Ondrej Vetchż is impressive as the stoic Franta.

Full Review Source: BBC.com | Original Score: 3/5

April 15, 2002
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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Looks like the Eastern European version of director Michael Bay's popcorn epic from last summer.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

April 12, 2002
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies

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

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 4/5

April 12, 2002

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

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 12, 2002
Jay Carr
Boston Globe
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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

April 5, 2002
Marta Barber
Miami Herald
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Dark Blue World's warm story and beautiful photography almost hits the mark, and it has a great ending.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

March 7, 2002
Todd Anthony
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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

| Original Score: 3/4

March 1, 2002
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee

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 Source: Sacramento Bee | Original Score: 3/4

March 1, 2002
Shawn Levy
Oregonian

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

Full Review Source: Oregonian

March 1, 2002
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer

A tale that's tragic, funny and compelling.

Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer

March 1, 2002
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Pearl Harbor without the product placements, without the Hollywood bombast, and certainly without the $100-million-plus budget.

| Original Score: 3/4

February 28, 2002
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

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 Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 2/4

February 25, 2002
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

The SverŠks have made a glorious, tremendously knowing film.

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

February 17, 2002
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 2/4

February 15, 2002
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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Sverak has a great feeling for the glories of airplanes, and the technical resources in the picture are astounding.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 4/5

February 8, 2002
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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The movie's ambitions ... are not matched by the actual story.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2.5/5

February 7, 2002
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune

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

Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune

February 1, 2002
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