An old-school drama so sincere, yet so ham-fisted, it borders on parody.
A little-known tale of Jewish resistance during the final days of WWII gets tackled with appreciable ambition and blunt, sporadic emotional force in "Walking With the Enemy."
The film is as dramatically inert as its origins are inspirational.
| Original Score: C
A plodding and clunky drama that never misses an opportunity to embrace a cliché.
| Original Score: 2/5
A badly written, poorly acted, bathetic pageant of bad wigs and worse accents, rendered with production values on a par with NBC's recent Sound of Music mummery.
| Original Score: 1/4
The film is so emotionally obvious and awkwardly handled that it doesn't deserve much consideration as a political or historical statement ...
| Original Score: 2/4
Constant title cards introducing historical figures suggest the work of a completist rather than a filmmaker who has focused the material.
Motivated by an earnest need to inspire, Schmidt's debut suffers from stiffness but improves as it goes, the tension of its plot overcoming many dramatic failings.
A determined historical sweep masks a small-minded bid for easy outrage and heartstrings-pulling in the schematic World War II drama "Walking With the Enemy."
It does reduce a period of irredeemable horror to the heroics of a single person.
A simple retelling of these stories would have been more dramatic, more effective and more powerful.
The title "Walking With the Enemy" suggests a peculiar lack of urgency, so it's a disappointingly accurate handle indeed.
This is a dark, horrible history, and yet there are times when "Walking With the Enemy" feels like "To Be Or Not to Be," only without Jack Benny, or like "Hogan's Heroes" without the jokes.
Unfortunately, the nuances of these intense scenarios are lost in favor of action beats and a bombastic orchestral score.
| Original Score: 1/5
As with many other WWII films, it takes genuinely stirring source material -- a young Hungarian man poses as a Nazi to find his dislocated family -- and reduces it to its most shopworn components.
Its impact is special and inescapable.
| Original Score: 3/4
After 20 shaky opening minutes, first-time director Mark Schmidt finds his footing with this slightly overlong English-language Holocaust drama.
| Original Score: 2.5/4