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L'ordre et la morale (Rebellion) Reviews

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Matt Glasby
Total Film

At a compassion-sapping 136 minutes, it's far too long, and Kassovitz's characterless central turn makes a worthy personal statement veer close to vanity project.

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

April 12, 2013
Jennifer Tate
ViewLondon

Rebellion contains impressive cinematography and strong dialogue, and Mathieu Kassovitz shines as its director and star.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 4/5

April 18, 2013
Jack Jones
Little White Lies

harrowing and gripping account of a horrifying true story.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 4/5

April 18, 2013
Tom Clift
Moviedex

Rebellion walks the line between earnestness and self-righteousness, and in doing so unseats The Hurt Locker as the most affecting war drama of the century so far.

Full Review Source: Moviedex | Original Score: 5/5

June 1, 2012
Siobhan Synnot
Scotsman

It gets bogged down in detail at times, but there's no mistaking its sense of injustice.

Full Review Source: Scotsman | Original Score: 4/5

April 15, 2013
Simon Foster
sbs.com.au

Kassovitz's examination of the compromises our leaders embrace to further their own slanted view of democracy is both vibrantly intelligent and entertaining.

Full Review Source: sbs.com.au

April 11, 2012
Cara Nash
FILMINK (Australia)

Tense, impressively shot and free of any showy heroics, this is an incisive and affecting look at the way war and politics tragically intersect.

Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)

April 11, 2012
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

Superbly made in every respect, Rebellion is both a tragic indictment of the French politicians and the army command at the time, as well as a carefully researched document

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

April 7, 2012
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)

Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia) | Original Score: 3.5/5

April 12, 2012
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)

The dialogue tends to be declamatory on occasions, the characters are either black or white, no pun intended, and it's all a little bit earnest and overlong. But nevertheless, this is history at its most fascinating.

Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia) | Original Score: 3.5/5

April 11, 2012
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)

As a director, [Kassovitz] throws some great moves -- a sequence where a gendarme explains how the station was invaded is a kind of 360-degree whirl of memories brought back to life.

Full Review Source: Herald Sun (Australia) | Original Score: 3/5

April 12, 2012
Tom Huddleston
Time Out
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It's superbly structured and consistently suspenseful, offering keen insight into a conflict most of us won't even be aware of. Welcome back, Mathieu.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

April 17, 2013
Julie Rigg
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

Rebellion is a rare piece of film making, a triumph from a director who has the skill, and the will, to commit his cinema to truth telling without compromise.

Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National

April 13, 2012
Allan Hunter
The List

Kassovitz deftly negotiates the complexity of what happened but his sympathies clearly lie with the islanders in a politically-charged tale with an approach similar to the work of Costa-Gavras.

Full Review Source: The List | Original Score: 4/5

April 16, 2013
Andrew Osmond
Empire Magazine

It's an absorbing political drama, eloquent and angry.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

April 15, 2013
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com

French actor-filmmaker Mathieu Kassovitz (Gothika) takes on a major event in his nation's colonial history with this true action-adventure set on the lush South Pacific island of New Caledonia.

Full Review Source: Contactmusic.com | Original Score: 4/5

April 19, 2013
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

Sporadically exciting French action drama about a 1988 hostage crisis drags more often than it should.

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

August 27, 2013
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald

There are few French films about France's role in her colonies, almost none set in this part of the world. This one makes some trenchant claims, in a powerfully direct story.

Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald | Original Score: 3/5

April 11, 2012
Philip French
Observer [UK]

An intelligent political drama, part thriller, part war movie, and informed by something of the anger against established authority that fuelled La Haine.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

April 21, 2013
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian

The movie doesn't delve too deeply into the mentality of Legorjus or indeed anyone else, but it's a tense, involving tale of France's forgotten imperial trauma.

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

April 18, 2013
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