La Battaglia di Algeri (The Battle of Algiers) - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

La Battaglia di Algeri (The Battle of Algiers) Reviews

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Tony Medley
October 7, 2004
This film has received a lot of praise from critics, but not that many people will find this that entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Harold Clurman
The Nation
January 18, 2013
Its content has classic and tragic dimensions beyond politics.
Glenn Heath Jr.
Slant Magazine
July 1, 2012
The film establishes a kinetic documentary effect, making the impact of every shoot-out and explosion a deeply personal experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
What lessons a modern viewer can gain from the film depends on who is watching and what they want to see.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
January 8, 2004
A classic of politically engaged filmmaking.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
June 4, 2004
The painful, desperate film, a re-enactment of Algerian revolutionaries' efforts to break free from French rule, is a practical textbook on how not to run an occupation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
May 13, 2004
It takes about an eighth of a second for the film to seem all too relevant.
| Original Score: A
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 25, 2004
Still powerful and upsetting because of its unpolished immediacy ... and because the movie declines to judge the terrorists' actions.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio
February 7, 2007
The inspiration and blueprint for docudrama and ideological cinema worldwide.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
March 10, 2008
One of the essential works of world cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Cole Smithey
April 26, 2009
"The Battle Of Algiers" is a one of a kind masterpiece of pure cinema that you will never forget.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
February 13, 2004
A startling and still-potent view of the double standard of war.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
August 4, 2011
Both a how-to manual for guerrilla terrorism and a cautionary tale about how to fight it. It's also quite possibly the finest war film ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Variety Staff
October 18, 2008
It's a dedicated effort with importance as a 'document.'
Eric Melin
October 27, 2011
Partially because of its documentary style, used so effectively by director Gillo Pontecorvo, it never gets heavy-handed -- exploring the idea of violence as a necessary evil for freedom.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Sam Jordison
October 26, 2003
Vital and disquieting, this is a powerful depiction of the pity of war. As shocking today as it was on the day of its release.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Superb and unrivalled.
Arthur Lazere
February 11, 2004
The verity of a documentary...with the narrative drive and emotional charge of a great thriller
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
February 18, 2004
gripping, relevant cinema...Irish film, "Bloody Sunday," borrowed its entire structure from "Algiers."
Full Review | Original Score: A
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 24, 2004
The same power it had 40 years ago is still evident.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Mark Harris
Georgia Straight
July 8, 2006
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