• Unrated, 1 hr. 39 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Ismael Ferroukhi
    In Theaters:
    Mar 16, 2012 Limited
    On DVD:
    Sep 24, 2012
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Free Men Reviews

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Philip French
Observer [UK]

They are people worth knowing about and pondering in our present, conflicted times.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

May 28, 2012
Steve Rose
Guardian

The tension doesn't grip as it should, but it's a worthwhile reminder of a moment of Muslim-Jewish co-operation.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 3/5

May 24, 2012
Antonia Quirke
Financial Times

Free Men tells the little-known true story of a mosque in Paris that sheltered Jewish citizens hiding from the authorities during the second world war.

Full Review Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 3/5

May 24, 2012
Adam Woodward
Little White Lies

Passionate if insubstantial period piece. Rahim is the real deal, though.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 3/5

May 24, 2012
Tim Evans
Sky Movies

It's a quietly thoughtful film that eschews cheap sentimentality and - through the assured performance of Rahim - demonstrates that good can come from the most unlikely places.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 3/5

May 23, 2012
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon

Enjoyable French wartime drama that brings a new perspective to a familiar story and features a compelling central performance from Tahar Rahim, but the plot is occasionally frustrating and appears to lack direction.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 3/5

May 23, 2012
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
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Ferroukhi fails to communicate much of the fear and paranoia of living in an occupied city.

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

May 22, 2012
David Hughes
Empire Magazine

It may lack the punch of his turn in A Prophet, but Rahim again dominates the screen in an effective wartime thriller.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

May 20, 2012
Tom Dawson
Total Film

Modest in both budget and impact, it's nonetheless intelligently executed...

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 3/5

May 15, 2012
Miles Fielder
The List

Loosely based on real events, this espionage drama set during World War II focuses on the largely overlooked cooperation between Arabic immigrants and the French Resistance.

Full Review Source: The List | Original Score: 3/5

May 11, 2012
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

One of those espionage/war movies in which the usual thrilling chases and shootouts take a back seat to the transformations that occur in the protagonists' minds.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

May 3, 2012
Michael Upchurch
Seattle Times
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A cannily shot thriller.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 12, 2012
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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The film benefits greatly from Rahim's subtle, effective performance; and it's inevitably heartening to see Jewish and Muslim Algerians identify themselves in national, not ethnic or religious, terms, while fighting a common enemy.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: C+

March 23, 2012

Boston Phoenix

Ferroukhi evokes the unusual setting of his film, the Arab community in war-time Paris, with specificity and brooding atmosphere.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix

March 20, 2012
Alison Willmore
AV Club
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Free Men offers a pleasing historical escape via a story of everyone setting aside religious, colonial, and ethnic divides to unite against the Nazis.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B-

March 16, 2012
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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"Free Men" is so-so, but it is driven by a mischievously interesting idea: that Muslims and Jews have more in common than they normally allow.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 16, 2012
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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A worthy and interesting chapter to the tradition of World War II dramas of conscience.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

March 15, 2012
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A compelling and captivating film based on the true story of an Algerian immigrant who is transformed into a freedom fighter during the Nazi occupation of Paris in 1942.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 4.5/5

March 14, 2012
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

For a change a film that casts Islam in a positive light.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B

February 19, 2012
Dennis Harvey
Variety
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A satisfying wartime espionage drama focused on little-noted intersections between Arabic emigres and the French Resistance.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 21, 2011

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