Max Manus: Man of War (2010)

Max Manus: Man of War (2010)

Max Manus: Man of War



Critic Consensus: This good old-fashioned Norwegian WW2 film has impressive set pieces and never suffers for a lack of suspense.

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The Norwegian historical crusader Max Manus -- who lived from 1914 to 1996 -- retains household name status among Scandinavians for his acts of daunting courage during the Second World War, but curiously, few non-historians outside of Northern Europe have heard of him. This adventure epic from co-directors Joachim Roenning and Espen Sandberg (Bandidas) represents the first mainstream effort to dramatize Manus' efforts in feature form with elaborate re-creations of his heroic exploits. The bulk … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Thomas Nordseth-Tiller
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On DVD: Jun 28, 2011
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as Gregers Gram

as Siegfried Fehmer

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Critic Reviews for Max Manus: Man of War

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (12)

A polished and large-scale production with some rousing action sequences, the movie is certainly watchable, though no one's going to call this exciting filmmaking.

Full Review… | April 7, 2011
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

The film celebrates Max's fierce patriotism, but doesn't blink at the toll his heroics took.

Full Review… | September 16, 2010
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Has an old-fashioned sincerity that entertains without engaging.

Full Review… | September 3, 2010
New York Times
Top Critic

The destruction in Max Manus is elaborately staged by co-directors Espen Sandberg and Joachim Roenning...

Full Review… | September 3, 2010
New York Post
Top Critic

Basically a slice of formulaic Hollywood-style mythmaking, writ large and woefully empty.

Full Review… | September 2, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

An epic by Scandinavian standards, Manus's period re-creation is lavish-but the too-polished rental décor doesn't create a living past.

Full Review… | August 31, 2010
Village Voice
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Max Manus: Man of War

Best war movie i've seen in ages!

Brian De Guelle

Super Reviewer

Excellent movie about flawed, courageous people fighting oppression. Based on actual events in history. This film depicts the courage, and sacrifices, of those who fought against the tyranny of the Nazis. It is fitting to have a 21st century production telling the story of this band of brave Norwegian fighters. Not only does it honor them, but it helps keep this important period of history alive for the a new generation. Very well done..

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

Max Manus is a flawless portrait of one of Norway's greatest heroes in a time of need. Max Manus tells the story of Max Manus, a Norwegian Saboteur during the Second World War. In this film we get a look at the dangers and risks that Manus and his men had to undergo to fight the Germans. The film is exciting and thrilling. One thing I admire of Foreign war films is how authentic the films are. The films are probably 97% accurate while Hollywood war films are about 50% accurate and the filmmakers take creative liberties to make it look interesting. With this film, you get the authenticity of the war and when Max and his men commit sabotage missions you feel tense as you are caught up in the story because of how accurate this film really is. A terrific war film that should be viewed by anyone interested in the unsung heroes of the war. Sabotage helped demoralize the Germans and this is the story of one of the most elusive Saboteurs during the German occupation of Norway.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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