Flammen & Citronen (Flame & Citron) (The Flame and the Lemon) - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Flammen & Citronen (Flame & Citron) (The Flame and the Lemon) Reviews

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Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
August 15, 2009
A very well-made and engrossing...cinematic tribute to two Danish freedom fighters
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
August 14, 2009
A deeply involving look at people living permanently on the knife-edge of danger.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tony Medley
August 14, 2009
...shocking...constant tension...great performances by Mikkelsen, Lindhardt, and Stengade. This captures what it really must have been like in the Resistance.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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Kate Taylor
Globe and Mail
August 7, 2009
A satisfying thriller interestingly complicated by its study of character and compromise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 7, 2009
The action scenes are well-staged and the performances are aces.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Cynthia Fuchs
August 6, 2009
Throughout this compelling film, the assassins want to believe they're doing righteous work: they're fighting Nazi occupation forces, after all.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
August 3, 2009
A classic piece of historical action narrative told in a lean no-nonsense manner with riveting action sequences. A great war story.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Cole Smithey
August 2, 2009
. The persuasive force of the film falls squarely on Lindhardt's and Mikkelsen's shoulders as experienced actors whose gifts for sustaining layers of motivational subtext is utterly satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Nora Lee Mandel
August 1, 2009
[Amidst] corruption and complicity. . .a no-frills male friendship to fight against impossible odds [where] life during wartime is seen as the precursor to postwar noir [yet] stirringly vivid.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
July 31, 2009
A captivating, engrossing and character-driven thriller filled with solid performances along with palpable suspense, intensity and intrigue.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.25/10
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
July 31, 2009
As directed by Ole Christian Madsen, the thriller features well-choreographed shootouts and assassinations. But the script is too melodramatic and complicated for its own good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Steve Ramos
Boxoffice Magazine
July 31, 2009
Rich with espionage intrigue, period perfect World War II details and fascinatingly complex lead characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
July 31, 2009
The director Ole Christian Madsen's Flame & Citron is a fictionalized film, based on fact, about two Danish Resistance fighters.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
July 31, 2009
The film is based on true events: Flame and Citron (both noms de guerre) became national heroes. But it's really a meditation on the nature of heroism, and the quest for purity of purpose.
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
July 31, 2009
Straightforward, brutal and exciting, a gripping tale of men ready for death in the face of unknowable treachery and a vicious enemy.
Geoff Berkshire
July 30, 2009
A consistently serious, well-acted effort. It's also, at 130 minutes, a bit of a slog at points.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
July 30, 2009
Despite the panache, Flame & Citron maintains a generally dour sensibility.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Noel Murray
AV Club
July 30, 2009
Madsen's action sequences are beautifully choreographed and shot, and the movie is packed with slick shootouts and narrow escapes, but it all lacks a certain oomph.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Chris Barsanti
July 30, 2009
even with all the script's moralizing about the killing of innocents, Madsen still loads up his climax with truckloads of Nazi soldiers and a hail of bullets and grenades
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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David Fear
Time Out
July 30, 2009
It's hard to argue with such primal filmgoing pleasures, especially once the film introduces notions of how good people lose their morality during wartime.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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