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Defiance Reviews

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Will Leitch
June 22, 2013
Zwick wants to tell timeless stories on a grand scale. I know that's not what people want anymore. I know it's not breathtaking. But it's not something many are doing now, and definitely not doing it this well.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 16, 2011
| Original Score: 4/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 16, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 16, 2011
Zwick does not deal in gratuitous grotesquery or far-fetched metaphor. "Operatic" and "surreal" are not in his vocabulary.
Dave White
April 4, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
R. L. Shaffer
October 20, 2010
Defiance is heavy-handed, but emotionally compelling, engaging and inspiring throughout.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
January 10, 2010
Director Edward Zwick does a fine job presenting the challenges of reality without falling into nostalgia or easy Hollywood heroes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dragan Antulov
Draxblog Movie Reviews
December 17, 2009
succumbing to Hollywood cliches at the expense of historical truth
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
November 15, 2009
Un drama bélico eficaz que rescata la heroicidad de los hermanos Bielski, protagonistas de un episodio poco conocido de la Segunda Guerra Mundial.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jamie Gillies
Apollo Guide
October 19, 2009
This is not an easy film to watch, as it describes the horrors of war with neither sympathetic nor maudlin touches.
Full Review | Original Score: 85/100
Mike Scott
October 9, 2009
In addition to blowing bunker-sized holes in the concept of Jewish timidity during the Holocaust, it's also a darn good bit of period storytelling.
| Original Score: 3/4
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union
September 18, 2009
Doesn't quite live up to its great story. But this well-made, solidly conventional movie will almost certainly send you scurrying to find out more about its little-known heroes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Anders Wotzke
August 2, 2009
An engaging and inspirational story about the spirit of survival, bravery and brotherhood.
| Original Score: 4/5
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
June 17, 2009
That Edward Zwick made such an honest film about the Bielski brothers is a wonderful gift, even if it is likely to be underappreciated by audiences.
| Original Score: 81/100
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
May 8, 2009
Schreiber and Craig make a well-matched pair of bulls. Schreiber's volatility is a nice foil to the taciturn intelligence that makes Craig such a great Bond.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
May 8, 2009
Defiance isn't a bad film at all, it just isn't as good as it could have been.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Julie Rigg
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
May 1, 2009
It's handsome looking, performances are strong and it really is fascinating to see this overlooked story.
Mark Demetrius
FILMINK (Australia)
May 1, 2009
Defiance starts shakily but gets steadily more engrossing.
Des Partridge
Daily Telegraph (Australia)
May 1, 2009
Zwick lets the amazing story of the Bielskis' achievement unfold in a conventional, even old-fashioned storytelling way, and even finds time for a spot of romance...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jake Wilson
The Age (Australia)
May 1, 2009
Zwick's limitations as an action director seem linked to a troubled conscience: he seems conscious of a need to entertain, but worried that his audience will take too much pleasure in the spectacle of vengeance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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