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

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 6, 2009
Unfortunately, although it was supposedly inspired by the morally conflicted French Resistance masterpiece Army of Shadows, Flame fizzles more than it flames.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
Simon Abrams
New York Press
July 29, 2009
As a film about the underground resistance movement in Denmark during the Nazi occupation, Flame & Citron's spies are the historical equivalent of superheroes.
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
March 6, 2009
The film's so stodgy that you quickly lose any interest in the National Socialist-baiting pair, making a long film seem much, much longer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Wendy Ide
Times [UK]
March 6, 2009
A polished, dazzlingly photographed tale of Resistance heroes that is curiously devoid of tension.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
March 6, 2009
Noirer-than-thou wartime drama, which wants terribly to show the movement in a murky light, perhaps explaining the murky lighting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
July 29, 2009
This noir in underlit blacks and blues grows too complex for its own good.
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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
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
September 3, 2009
This film is based on a true story that director Ole Christian Madsen feels must be told with earnest noir and war-movie clichés.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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
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James Berardinelli
September 9, 2009
[An] atypical and moody noir war film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ella Taylor
Village Voice
July 30, 2009
Of all European nations, Denmark enjoys the nearest thing to a heroic record of resisting the Nazi occupiers -- which adds both poignancy and punch to Ole Christian Madsen's fact-based drama about two posthumously honored Danes.
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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.
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+
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 29, 2011
A hard jewel of righteous political fury.
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
Sarah Boslaugh
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
Lauren Wissot
Slant Magazine
July 26, 2009
A luscious, evocative period piece.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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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