Defiance Reviews

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November 16, 2011
November 16, 2011
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.
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.
January 20, 2009
The way Zwick force-feeds his audience emotion becomes laborious.
January 20, 2009
I felt like these characters were prototypes and not people.
June 6, 2019
The kind of big, old-fashioned prestige entertainment Hollywood seems to have forgotten how to do
August 29, 2018
Bielski's extraordinary achievement is fairly and finely rendered...
January 2, 2018
I've admired Craig's work in all his movies, and though it is unfair to compare his work here with his appearance as James Bond, I regard Defiance as the Daniel Craig movie I admire most.
December 30, 2017
The actors are compelling. And Director Edward Zwick inflects the material with his trademark mix of moral zeal and high adventure, as in previous epics like Glory, Legends of the Fall and Blood Diamond.
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.
August 16, 2011
Zwick does not deal in gratuitous grotesquery or far-fetched metaphor. "Operatic" and "surreal" are not in his vocabulary.
April 4, 2011
March 18, 2011
For all its pomp and ruminating, Defiance isn't really interested in drama. It really just wants to entertain us. But it's not any better at that.
October 20, 2010
Defiance is heavy-handed, but emotionally compelling, engaging and inspiring throughout.
January 10, 2010
Director Edward Zwick does a fine job presenting the challenges of reality without falling into nostalgia or easy Hollywood heroes.
December 17, 2009
succumbing to Hollywood cliches at the expense of historical truth
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.
October 19, 2009
This is not an easy film to watch, as it describes the horrors of war with neither sympathetic nor maudlin touches.
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.
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