Allied Reviews

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September 20, 2017
The finale won't have you reaching for your hankie as much as checking your watch.
December 23, 2016
For all the effort poured into period recreation, the world of the film remains abstract, bordering on fantasy.
December 1, 2016
Cotillard is the sole bright spot, and even she risks being upstaged by her fantastic wardrobe.
December 1, 2016
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)
December 1, 2016
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.
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November 29, 2016
Allied is technically immaculate from stem to stern. Every shot framed by Don Burgess feels purposeful, every one of Mick Audsley and Jeremiah O'Driscoll's cuts precise.
November 29, 2016
Well-dressed but highly improbable.
November 28, 2016
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.
November 25, 2016
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.
November 25, 2016
It is not the tearjerker it aspires to be. No chemistry? Or too much? Litmus test required. Lovely Lysanders, though.
November 25, 2016
Its story and dialogue are so straightforward and comforting that even when you think you can hear the next beat coming-and you will-the finale still comes as a cathartic surprise.
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November 23, 2016
They don't make 'em like they used to, except when they do.
November 23, 2016
Well THAT was different.
November 23, 2016
An old-fashioned film that slyly nods to contemporary sensibilities, "Allied" is an engaging showcase for Pitt and Cotillard.
November 23, 2016
Pitt and Cotillard aren't convincing as a couple, although she tries harder than he does. They're lost amidst the sandstorms and plane crashes that Zemeckis is so good at conjuring.
November 23, 2016
The characters are so marginally observed by both the actors and the script there is no tension in the themes.
November 23, 2016
"Allied" has plenty working in its favor, but a Hollywood classic it's not. It just looks like one.
November 22, 2016
A bitter disappointment.
November 22, 2016
Too often it feels like a shallow copy of the movies it's imitating ... shot on exquisitely decorated locations that look more like soundstages than actual streets and homes.
November 22, 2016
Tries so hard to be a modern Casablanca - and then imagine what the tale would be like if Rick and Ilsa actually got together - that it shoots down a lot of its finer points.
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