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The Assault Reviews

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Philip French
Observer [UK]

The staging is meticulous.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

April 22, 2012
Derek Malcolm
This is London

Shot in black and white, it is well made and helped by copious research.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 3/5

April 20, 2012
Phelim O'Neill

The kind of serious, adult action movie that the US and UK struggle to make.

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

April 19, 2012
David Jenkins
Little White Lies

A very robust piece of filmmaking with subtle shades of moral complexity to boot.

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

April 19, 2012
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity

Curiously lacking in tension.

Full Review Source: Television Without Pity

April 6, 2012
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International

Exploiting film's visceral, kinetic and pummeling power to the max, this fact-based thriller about the 1994 Algerian terrorist hijacking of a Paris-bound flight is an outstanding achievement in genre entertainment.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

April 6, 2012
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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So gripping and focused that it easily bests Hollywood movies with 50 times its budget.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

April 6, 2012
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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In place of emotional stakes, we get gleaming, stylized, occasionally slow-motion violence, filmed in such extreme close-ups and cramped spaces that it's impossible to differentiate gunman and victim.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 5, 2012
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine

Could have been better, had Leclercq resisted to urge to include the soap operatics ... It's solid - but it should have been gripping.

Full Review Source: Hollywood & Fine

April 5, 2012
Alison Willmore
AV Club
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Brisk and technically efficient, The Assault is a dull film based on a real event that certainly wasn't.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C+

April 5, 2012
David Fear
Time Out New York
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Only the overstylized, near-colorless cinematography offers any shades of gray (actually, nothing but shades of gray); everything else is rendered in the most black-and-white way possible.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

April 3, 2012
Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
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The Assault is so tense, it seems to pass in a single held breath-so quickly, in fact, that you don't register its narrative flimsiness until later on.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 3, 2012
Harvey S. Karten

A tension-filled dramatization of the actual hijacking of a French airbus in December 1994.

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: B

March 15, 2012
Robert Tumas
Slant Magazine

Julien Leclercq's The Assault works hard at finding its human factor, the thread linking the cold-blooded facts of the 1994 hijacking by Muslim extremists of Air France Flight 8969 and the people on the plane.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 27, 2011
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