Black Book


Black Book

Critics Consensus

A furious mix of sex, violence, and moral relativism, Black Book is shamelessly entertaining melodrama.



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"Black Book" tells the moving story of a young Jewish woman who joins the Resistance in The Hague and gets entangled in a deadly web of double-dealing and betrayal. It is is an epic thriller of great courage and fierce emotion--played out against the dying, explosive months of WW II.

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Carice van Houten
as Rachel Stein/Ellis De Vries
Sebastian Koch
as Ludwig Muntze
Thom Hoffman
as Hans Akkermans
Derek de Lint
as Gerben Kuipers
Waldemar Kobus
as Gunther Franken
Christian Berkel
as General Kautner
Peter Blok
as Van Gein
Ronald Armbrust
as Tim Kuipers
Marisa van Eyle
as Mrs. Tsjepkema
Heleen Mineur
as Steinte Tsjepkema
Timothy Deenihan
as Canadian Colonel
Nolan Hemmings
as Captain British Intelligence
Diana Dobbleman
as Mrs. Smaal
Ronald de Bruin
as Dutch SD in Train No. 1
Maiko Kemper
as Siegfried
Carsten Sasse
as German Sentry
Liza de Weerd
as Receptionist
Bas van der Horst
as Jantje Tsjepkema
Willem de Wolf
as Property Man
Oded Menashe
as Husband of Rachel Rosenthal-Stein
Gabriela Lewis
as Tour Guide
Rian Gerritsen
as Drunken Woman in Prison No. 1
Susan Visser
as Drunken Woman in Prison No. 2
Roni Yedid
as Daughter of Rachel Rosenthal-Stein
Dolf de Vries
as Notary Smaal
Skip Goeree
as Ronnie's Husband
Heleen Minuer
as Steinte Tsjepkema
Foeke Kolff
as Tsjepkema Child
Jobst Schnibbe
as Driver Muntze
Merel van Houts
as Tsjepkema Child
Charlotte Rinnooy Kan
as Tsjepkema Child
Jack Vecht
as Mr. Stein
Maaike Kempeneers
as Tsjepkema Child
Janni Goslinga
as Lady in Fur Coat
Diana Dobbelman
as Mrs. Smaal
Wimie Wilhelm
as Female Prison Guard
Theo Maassen
as Prison Guard With Baret
Tjebbo Gerritsma
as Prison Guard With Accordion
Seth Kamphuijs
as Brother Max
Herman Boerman
as Skipper Willi
Garrick Hagon
as British General
Bert Luppes
as Mr. Tsjepkema
Jacqueline Blom
as Mrs. Stein
Menno van Beekum
as Dutch SD in Train # 2
Hugo Metsers
as Shock Trooper
Tomer Agami
as Son of Rachel Rosenthal-Stein
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Critic Reviews for Black Book

All Critics (154) | Top Critics (44)

  • A hard-core war film with raw violence, intense action, graphic sexuality and a twisting plot that offers a series of surprises.

    Sep 1, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/4

    Claudia Puig

    USA Today
    Top Critic
  • Verhoeven never loses sight of the larger message -- that in those evil times, ordinary people were forced to do extraordinary, and even awful, things just to live long enough to tell their tale.

    May 4, 2007 | Rating: 4/5
  • Paul Verhoeven's WWII drama stars the lovely Dutch actress Carice van Houten as a Jewish Resistance worker, and costars her breasts. All three deserve awards consideration.

    Apr 30, 2007
  • The happy ending demands that [Verhoeven's] return-journey film -- Black Book -- be a rousing artistic triumph. It isn't. Too many of his lazy Hollywood habits have followed him home.

    Apr 27, 2007 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Insanely entertaining -- and often just plain insane -- World War II melodrama. You may hate yourself in the morning, but you'll have to admit Verhoeven gives you a lot of bang for your buck.

    Apr 27, 2007 | Rating: B+
  • Black Book doesn't let the grim facts of the Holocaust get in the way of some ripping pulp.

    Apr 27, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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