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Valkyrie (2008)

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62

Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 193
Fresh: 119 | Rotten: 74

Given the subject matter, Valkyrie could have been an outstanding historical thriller, but settles for being a mildly entertaining, but disposable yarn.

57

Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 44
Fresh: 25 | Rotten: 19

Given the subject matter, Valkyrie could have been an outstanding historical thriller, but settles for being a mildly entertaining, but disposable yarn.

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Average Rating: 3.4/5
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A proud military man, Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg is a loyal officer who serves his country all the while hoping that someone will find a way to stop Hitler before Europe and Germany are destroyed. Realizing that time is running out, he decides that he must take action himself and joins the German resistance. Armed with a cunning strategy to use Hitler's own emergency plan--known as Operation Valkyrie--these men plot to assassinate the dictator and over-throw his Nazi government from the

May 19, 2009

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All Critics (194) | Top Critics (44) | Fresh (119) | Rotten (74) | DVD (10)

Valkyrie, as field-commanded by director Bryan Singer, succeeds on its own terms as a handsome hybrid of conspiracy thriller and history lesson, of Mission: Impossible and The Day of the Jackal.

September 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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As old-fashioned historical escapism goes, this is solid, compelling stuff.

January 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Surely there is some middle ground between a history lesson and mindless action-adventure. The people who made Valkyrie not only didn't find that ground; they weren't even looking for it.

January 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor
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It is a well-made film that raises timeless questions about the demands of military duty when they are placed in conflict with higher principles.

December 30, 2008 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine
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What if this lesser-known chapter of German resistance had been more deeply captured? What if the moral conflicts running through this movie about love of country and revolt said more about Germany, war and, yes, genocide?

December 30, 2008 Full Review Source: Denver Post | Comments (3)
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Singer keeps the conspiracy racing to its fated conclusion.

December 30, 2008 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
Dallas Morning News
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Valkyrie isn't a classic war movie by any means, but is it the total laughing stock many feared? Nein.

September 29, 2012 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
TheShiznit.co.uk

If there's one thing Cruise knows how to portray, it's robotic single-mindedness.

August 16, 2011 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

Counterbalancing the energy vacuum that is Cruise is the good news that this is also a Bryan Singer movie.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

As both a World War II film and a conspiracy story Valkyrie largely succeeds. No one part may stand above its fellows (not to mention other films) but what it adds up to is more than worthwhile and you may find yourself pleasantly surprised.

March 10, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

Cruise, Singer, lose the credibility battle.

December 31, 2010 Full Review Source: sbs.com.au
sbs.com.au

El Caso de Valquiria como cinta es muy interesante pues a pesar de que todos sabemos el desenlace, la realización logra mantenernos pegados a la butaca pidiendo de forma imposible que el complot funcione y dejándonos al final con un montón de "Y si%u2026"

March 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinenganos
Cinenganos

the action is traded for suspense in the movie, which is when things really click

January 9, 2010 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

Singer can only touch on the surface of each development. It would help if we could see the failure reflected in von Stauffenberg's one good eye, but Cruise, alas, can offer little help. He's just Tom Cruise in an eyepatch.

December 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Florida Times-Union
Florida Times-Union

Maintaining tension in the face of a foregone conclusion is no mean trick, but Mr. Singer and company do as well as anyone could hope.

August 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington Times
Washington Times

It's never a pretty sight when a limited performer tries to "stretch" by way of cosmetics

August 26, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

[Cruise] looks about as German as Jackie Chan would in a lederhosen.

August 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Moviedex
Moviedex

It's the perfect film for our age of reassessment and ambiguity.

July 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Earnest and understated movie about the General's plot against Hitler. Despite Cruise's reputation for derring-do characters, this is a very human German colonel that he plays.

July 13, 2009 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
rec.arts.movies.reviews

[A] pleasing throwback to 1970s war-intrigue pictures. [Blu-ray]

June 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews | Comment (1)
Groucho Reviews

...finally can't help but come off as something of a minor disappointment...

June 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

The movie proceeds to show how everything, little by little, falls out of place -- not the most thrilling of events to cover, but interesting all the same.

May 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

[Cruise] brings a gung-ho excitement and energy that's generally missing from war movies today (they're more concerned with being stern and glum and anti-war).

May 22, 2009 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Comments (2)
Combustible Celluloid

An interminable costume drama strictly for Tom Cruise fans and for World War II buffs.

May 22, 2009 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze | Comments (4)
NewsBlaze

The movie looks good and seems to hit all the right notes, yet never quite connects or resonates like it should.

May 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

Audience Reviews for Valkyrie

Anyone who has seen The Desert Fox will be familiar with this story, but instead of concentrating on Rommel, it examines the role of Claus Von Stauffenberg in the plot to assassinate Hitler after many of his officers began to question not only his tactics but his sanity. The theme of the two films is actually very similar; to show that not all of the German military or its people were Nazis, and there were some who were willing to sacrifice their lives to try and stop him. For me the most interesting part of the film takes place after the bombing when a plan is implemented to take over Berlin and I had no idea how far it went into effect and how close it came to succeeding; I can't help but wonder how different the world would be now if Olbricht had shown a bit more backbone or the meeting hadn't been moved to an outside location. From a technical point of view, it's unsurprisingly very solid, with classy direction from Bryan Singer and quality performances all round, although as usual it is very difficult to divorce tiny Tom from his screen persona. In all it's a very interesting history lesson that inevitably suffers from the fact that we all know how the story is going to play out and suffers in comparison to the gut wrenching intensity of Downfall. A good, solid war film nonetheless.
May 30, 2013
garyX
xGary Xx

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Historical drama. A number of inside attempts were made by Germans to assassinate Hitler. This movie tells the story of one of those plots. Tom Cruise leads a group of men to assassinate Hitler. Even though you know that Hitler committed suicide in real life, the movie makes you wish the outcome was different. Good story and cast. Only problem - everyone uses their own accents.
February 12, 2013
thmtsang
Candy Rose

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They conquered all Europe, the Nazis, so how could they fail assassinating the one madman behind it all, I've often wondered. Singer manages to put a human face on the proceedings, a true explanation, though more actual German inclusion would've been welcome in this retort to the countless "they're all evil" films out there. Tense and gripping, the work only suffers in that the subject is perhaps larger than a mere film can contain. Nonetheless a very good work.
August 16, 2012
ApeneckFletcher

Super Reviewer

When this film came up in a thread awhile back I was shocked to hear Cruise playing a part, well I now eat those words with a side order of beans. Cruise finally grows up and gives the best performance I have seen in his career possibly, and the fact its in a proper decent film which means something makes it even more powerful.

An excellent film from start to finish is all I can say, very moving and extremely strong in performances. The whole film was very tense all the way, I could feel myself really sweating despite the fact I knew the outcome. You wanted them to succeed you really did, you think it will be alright and they could pull off a major political overthrow, the fact they don't does crush you at the end...it is brilliantly done.
Its not a heavy film laden down with heavy politics like some films can be, its very straight to the point and doesn't ease up anywhere. It shows how many people inside the Third Reich were against Hitler and his plans from high up officials all the way down the ranks. I never knew there were so many attempts at Hitler's life

This is also a good film for the German people, I'm sure they have to endure much from films in the past where all Germans are portrayed as evil, this will balance the past somewhat I hope. It was also amazing to read at the end credits that Stauffenberg's wife only died in 2006!

Every cast member is brilliant...the cast itself is A class, even the minor roles are played well. The look is perfect and seems historically accurate, the sets are all really impressive and wardrobe is spot on. There isn't much action in this film so don't be expecting the usual war film stereotype, its mainly talk, but the words are real, hard, powerful, based on fact and don't give you a moments pause as the tension and suspense builds to its heart breaking finish.

Like 'Schindler's List' this is a serious film, not quite in the same league or as harsh of course but cannot be ignored. My only down point is maybe it would have been even better if all cast spoke in German and the film had English subs, that would have really been authentic but hard to do I guess. Full marks :)
February 9, 2012
phubbs1

Super Reviewer

    1. Erwin von Witzleben: You may hand us over to the executioner, but in three months time, the disgusted and harried people will bring you to book and drag you alive through the dirt in the streets.
    – Submitted by Typhon Q (22 months ago)
    1. Gen. Friedrich Olbricht: We've been discovered.
    – Submitted by Scott S (2 years ago)
    1. Gen. Friedrich Fromm: Do you realise what you've done?! The Fuhrer is alive!
    – Submitted by Scott S (2 years ago)
    1. Col. Heinz Brandt: Well you've come a long way, you must be.. thirsty?
    – Submitted by Scott S (2 years ago)
    1. Pompous General: The Fuhrer is not dead!
    – Submitted by Scott S (2 years ago)
    1. Major-Gen. Henning von Tresckow: We have to show the world, that not all of us were like him.
    – Submitted by Scott S (2 years ago)
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