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

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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 29, 2011
A hard jewel of righteous political fury.
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January 15, 2010
Madsen has acknowledged a strong debt to Pierre Melville's 1969 classic Army of Shadows. This one deserves a seat at the same table.
Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl
December 18, 2009
...a film noir set in wartime where there's moral ambiguity almost everywhere you look as well as large measures of heroism, treachery and ordinary human failings.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
December 17, 2009
It's fast-paced, stylish and thrilling. But it also raises one tough question.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
December 17, 2009
It winds its way through a tricky, fact-based plot that's sometimes reminiscent of film noir. At the center is a bewitching femme fatale whose allegiances and motives are less than clear.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 17, 2009
While it may not be a smorgasbord of red herrings and red meat, Flame and Citron is often chilling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 13, 2009
Madsen makes the most of his budget, and he keeps pulling his camera back for long, visually sumptuous overhead shots.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
November 13, 2009
A drop-dead gorgeous period noir, rife with paranoia, femmes fatales, and good men inexorably sinking into the bloody mire and opaque texture of life (and death) during wartime.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 5, 2009
To its credit, the film gives full weight to the confusion and ambivalence of war; the struggle for liberation from tyranny rarely looks so dubious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
October 31, 2009
A suspenseful, often riverting drama of World War II resistance that combines old-fashioned virtues of craft and style with a more modern sense of nuance and complexity.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 9, 2009
[An] atypical and moody noir war film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 30, 2009
...a fascinating dual character study lodged within a somewhat stodgy film.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 30, 2009
The filmmakers do a terrific job in placing us in 1944 Copenhagen under Nazi rule.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jeanne Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
August 25, 2009
"Flame and Citron" is a spine-tingling war drama with superb acting.
David Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
August 25, 2009
The film evolves into a mystery about who the two men can trust, besides each other, and the results are often nail-biting.
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
August 21, 2009
Flame & Citron examines the moral shadings of the Danish resistance during World War II without turning into a revisionist bore.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
August 20, 2009
Maintains a high level of suspense for more than two hours.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 20, 2009
Flame & Citron, based on the lives of two actual Resistance heroes, is a taut, handsome production -- the most expensive Danish film to date -- and it looks like a film noir, as indeed the costumes, cars, guns and fugitives force it to.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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