Critic Consensus: Allied has its moments, but doesn't quite achieve epic wartime romance status -- a disappointment made more profound by the dazzling talent assembled on either side of the camera.
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Cotillard is the sole bright spot, and even she risks being upstaged by her fantastic wardrobe.
Zemeckis is a master of the big, broad Oscar-bait drama, and he makes the most of a well-constructed screenplay by Steven Knight (Dirty Pretty Things, Eastern Promises)
Zemeckis's formidably staunch and precise technique, itself a nostalgic vestige of classic Hollywood movies, seals up the movie's joints and keeps the air of life out; it's a suffocated, lifeless adventure.
Zemeckis ... seems uncertain whether to treat the tale as a wrenching saga of split loyalties or as a glamorous jaunt. Having gathered all the ingredients for derring-do, he forgets to turn up the heat, and the derring never does.
What a handsome empty shell of a movie Allied is. Despite the star power of Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard, their scenes together fail to ignite even a glimmer of a spark.
Audience Reviews for Allied
If all their spies were this deadly boring, the Germans might have won WWII.
A silly movie that believes to be romantic, sexy and tense when in fact it is only bland and banal, unable to engage us the way it wants and never audacious to come up with something clever - and its poor attempt at placing the romance above all else in the end makes it too vapid.
Dare to retool Casablanca? Are you out of yer tiny little mind?! But apparently Zemeckis has balls of brass. Take the original, remove the Hollywood varnish, the extensive cast, the distractions, and focus on what might really have happened between our star crossed lovers. Give the horses full rein and play the sucker out until the end. Unfortunately, it's not a film for the masses, but a few will revel in this glorious mix of love and trust, betrayal and faith. Me likey.
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