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

Hank Sartin
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

November 18, 2011
Jonathan F. Richards
Film.com
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Madsen has acknowledged a strong debt to Pierre Melville's 1969 classic Army of Shadows. This one deserves a seat at the same table.

Full Review Source: Film.com

January 15, 2010
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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It's fast-paced, stylish and thrilling. But it also raises one tough question.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 3/4

December 17, 2009
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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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 Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 17, 2009
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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While it may not be a smorgasbord of red herrings and red meat, Flame and Citron is often chilling.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 17, 2009
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Madsen makes the most of his budget, and he keeps pulling his camera back for long, visually sumptuous overhead shots.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

November 13, 2009
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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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 Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 5, 2009
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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[An] atypical and moody noir war film.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

September 9, 2009
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
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Flame & Citron examines the moral shadings of the Danish resistance during World War II without turning into a revisionist bore.

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

August 21, 2009
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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Maintains a high level of suspense for more than two hours.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

August 20, 2009
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

August 20, 2009
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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A deeply involving look at people living permanently on the knife-edge of danger.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

August 14, 2009
Kate Taylor
Globe and Mail
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A satisfying thriller interestingly complicated by its study of character and compromise.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

August 7, 2009
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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The action scenes are well-staged and the performances are aces.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 7, 2009
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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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 Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

July 31, 2009
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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The director Ole Christian Madsen's Flame & Citron is a fictionalized film, based on fact, about two Danish Resistance fighters.

| Original Score: 4/5

July 31, 2009
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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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.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

July 31, 2009
Noel Murray
AV Club
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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 Source: AV Club | Original Score: B

July 30, 2009
David Fear
Time Out New York
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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 Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

July 30, 2009
Ella Taylor
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

July 30, 2009
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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You can feel the shadow of Steven Spielberg's Munich hovering over Flame & Citron, a Danish drama of resistance fighters in Copenhagen during WWII.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

July 29, 2009
Erica Abeel
Hollywood Reporter
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A bold, riveting tale of wartime resistance borrowing the form of a noir thriller.

July 17, 2009
Wally Hammond
Time Out
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It's episodic and lengthy, but on the whole this is a well-sustained and surprisingly understated drama.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/6

March 6, 2009
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B+

March 28, 2008
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