The stories should be heartfelt and real ... not just half-hearted attempts at comedy.
Feels as if it's been engineered for the lowest IQ in the room.
The settings are authentic, but the acting comes across fairly flat.
| Original Score: 2/4
A film which has little to say, and even less idea of the most appropriate way to say it.
It's both appallingly self-congratulatory and unconscionable.
| Original Score: 2/5
Attempts a mix of subtle drama and tragedy, but loses much if not all meaning in the process.
The comic elements are handled with a delicacy so that they do not overwhelm the dramatic underpinnings.
| Original Score: 4/5
Says that people are more important than politics.
| Original Score: A-
"Divided We Fall" is a vital reminder of the kinds of dramatic choices made by millions of peopled victimized by Nazis and traitors in a war that was fought at all costs.
| Original Score: B
As with the films of Emir Kusturica, whose characters also resist easy analysis, the people in Divided We Fall are completely and wonderfully human.
The performances ... pull us into the humanity and indignity of it all.
The highly theatrical finale is one of the most gracious film moments you'll ever witness.
When the film begins to drown in its own good intentions, it's these actors who float to the top keep it from sinking into the depths of mawkish melodramatics.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Unbearable tension is coupled with wit and the consistent element of surprise.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
While Hrebejk's biblical references and baby making slapstick become somewhat labored, his gentle comedy nonetheless stands true to his title.
| Original Score: B-
...an interesting character study...
| Original Score: C+
A tender and heartbreakingly lovely story of risk and sacrifice in the shadow of the terror.
Inspires a longing to follow these vivid characters into the next horrific stage of the Czech century.
The cast ... performs with such subtlety and ingenuity that all sense of narrative artifice vanishes.
| Original Score: 3.5/5