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The Battle of the River Plate (Pursuit of the Graf Spee) Reviews

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Empire Magazine

Not Powell and Emeric's greatest work, but still a cut above many '50s war movies.

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

May 14, 2012
Sean Axmaker

The miniature work is excellent and physical production impressive even as the filmmakers constantly deny the spectacle of battle to focus on the people...

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November 18, 2010
Variety Staff
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The battle sequences, in which the lightweight British cruisers close in on the Graf Spee and force the enemy to take shelter in Montevideo harbor, are powerful, exciting and technically impressive.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 26, 2009
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

... a rather routine chronicle of the capture of the feared German battleship the Graf Spee.

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

August 12, 2006
Bosley Crowther
New York Times
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Give the British filmmakers a good, rousing subject from their own naval history and they're almost certain to come up with a picture that proudly bespeaks the courage and audacity of a hero breed.

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

January 28, 2006
Emanuel Levy

| Original Score: 3/5

July 7, 2005


An enjoyable and more than usually thoughtful Second World War film. Expertly photographed, cleverly paced and full of good humour and empathy.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 3/5

May 24, 2003
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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Though it's mostly a waiting game, the film is tense and involving, thanks to Powell's fluid shifting of the point of view.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 1, 2000

TV Guide's Movie Guide

The film is adroitly directed by Powell and Pressburger, though the concentration is on the vessels, rather than the men aboard them.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 14, 2012
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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Powell and Pressburger's final collaboration as The Archers was also, perhaps, their dullest.

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006
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