• 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

Derek Elley
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July 22, 2008

Time Out
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January 26, 2006

Houston Chronicle
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July 21, 2005
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
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

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

Arizona Republic
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March 22, 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
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
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

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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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
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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Its heart-tugs are mostly effective.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News

January 31, 2002
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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An effective journey through a little-known World War II story.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times

January 25, 2002
Susan Stark
Detroit News
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Takes a place alongside countless films that have given lasting life to one of the endless, invaluable stories yielded by World War II.

January 25, 2002
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
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
Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle
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The memorable stars ... are the Spitfires and Messerschmitts in its aerial battles -- a crackerjack combination of live action, special effects and recycled footage.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

January 11, 2002
Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
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An evocative, richly plotted, edge-of-the-seat war epic.

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January 10, 2002
Jan Stuart
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An engrossing, elegantly detailed, intermittently sappy dramatization of the heroism of Czech bomber pilots and the ignominious fate that awaited many of them in the years following the war.

Full Review Source: Newsday

December 28, 2001
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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Its uncompromising bleakness and its Eastern European sense of life's cruel absurdities give it a sophistication quite a few cuts above mainstream fare.

| Original Score: 3.5/5

December 28, 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
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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A Czech Pearl Harbor, minus the attack.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

December 27, 2001
Jessica Winter
Village Voice
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Gawky and precious as the film can be, its context is nothing less than the 20th century.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 25, 2001
Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
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Forgive Dark its timeworn cliches, and the film succeeds on a certain level as a saccharine-free slice of good old-fashioned, life-affirming escapism.

October 31, 2001
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