• R, 1 hr. 55 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Jan Sverák
    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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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Recycles some of the aerial combat footage shot for Battle of Britain (1969) and indeed some of the same old-fashioned war movie cliches.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

January 25, 2002
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

This material, a modern take on World War II, doesn't mesh well with the old-fashioned elements of the movie, which include lovers kissing passionately while trains puff in the distance and the hero's trusty dog watches.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press

January 24, 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
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

The problem is that Casablanca is Casablanca and Dark Blue World is not.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

January 11, 2002
Rob Blackwelder

The picture's stale and flimsy romance sends this otherwise stunning and profound combat story into an unrecoverable tailspin.

Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire | Original Score: 2/4

January 11, 2002
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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A Czech Pearl Harbor, minus the attack.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

December 27, 2001
Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
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This could be called an art house version of Pearl Harbor, except that sounds vaguely nutritious, like fat- free yogurt or a historical episode of A&E's Biography. But Dark Blue World is all empty carbs, like malted milk balls.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

December 27, 2001
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
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
Shawn Levy

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

Full Review Source: Oregonian

March 1, 2002
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

You might remember the film's plot and character archetypes from Pearl Harbor, although Michael Bay's war turkey, in retrospect, lends itself to camp revisionism.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1/4

November 3, 2001

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
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

The problem is that we've seen it all before and usually more lucidly and convincingly.

Full Review Source: Internet Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 3, 2002
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

It hopes that its mundane structure is enough to keep up with its soaring aspirations. Like its lovesick protagonists, it hopes in vain.

| Original Score: 2/4

November 18, 2001
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy

Uneven and mediocre to the point where you wonder why anybody bothered to cook up this film.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/10

December 20, 2001
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The fate of national heroes like the fictitious Franta is a fascinating subject that deserves a documentary all its own, so it comes as a surprise that Sverak pere et fils should devote so much screen time to a trite romantic triangle.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2.5/5

December 28, 2001
Maria Garcia
Film Journal International

Flawed by a screenplay that promises a war epic but delivers only a predictable love story with the war as a backdrop.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

January 8, 2002
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Does the world really need another painstakingly old-fashioned World War II saga?

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C

January 18, 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
Marrit Ingman
Austin Chronicle

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2/5

March 10, 2003
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
March 1, 2002
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
March 21, 2002
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
August 17, 2002
Jason Anderson
April 15, 2002
Alexander Walker
This is London
December 15, 2003
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
December 15, 2003
Derek Elley
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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February 8, 2002

Arizona Republic
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March 22, 2002

Boston Phoenix
April 5, 2002

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May 26, 2002

Houston Chronicle
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July 21, 2005

Time Out
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January 26, 2006
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