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Doug Brunell
Film Threat
May 9, 2006
Despite some tense scenes, this movie still falls fairly flat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dan Hudak
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
February 23, 2006
The Aryan Couple gets great mileage out of its tension and suspense, and its commitment to developing its characters as real people in an unthinkable dilemma.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
December 9, 2004
Engrossing and satisfying, The Aryan Couple shows just how vital a movie made in the solid British style of traditional filmmaking can be.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
June 13, 2008
The most mawkish and shallow take on the holocaust committed to screen in many a long year.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
David Mattin
BBC.com
October 17, 2006
A case study in why Holocaust movies are so difficult to get right.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Robert Hanks
Independent (UK)
October 14, 2006
Its intentions are doubtless good, but it ends up exploiting the Holocaust for cheap suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
October 14, 2006
It's a sucrose period piece that somehow averts its gaze from the brutal reality of Nazi genocide, and manages to conjure a fatuous feelgood happy ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
October 13, 2006
Is over-arching sincerity only results in a stiffness that gives way to B-movie melodramatics in time for the cliché-ridden finale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael Hardy
Boston Globe
October 6, 2006
Mainly notable for its inappropriate, blithe sentimentality. In another film this would be the usual Hollywood hokum. In a film about the most serious subject imaginable, it amounts to moral idiocy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 14, 2006
The worst Holocaust movie ever.
| Original Score: 1/5
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
April 13, 2006
Put-upon Jews weep on cue or stare defiantly into the camera, spouting impromptu speeches about getting some of their own back one day; all the while, violins wail in the background.
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
he story loses its grip and momentum during the laboriously realized denouement, which follows the hired help's struggle to escape to Switzerland amid overwrought action sequences propelled by a shrieking violin-driven soundtrack.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
November 18, 2005
The whole thing is coarse and vulgar, as it hides its low fascinations behind a scrim of Holocaust piety until it becomes pure kitsch.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 18, 2005
A handsome Holocaust melodrama hobbled by a transparent and cartoonish script.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
November 17, 2005
Pure sentimental melodrama, with not a moment's reflection on any issue larger than the fate of our heroes.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly
November 17, 2005
These two are so pretty and vacant they seem better suited to modeling for a perfume ad than taking on the Third Reich.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
December 18, 2004
Potentially powerful subject matter is given an unconvincingly melodramatic treatment.
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
December 9, 2004
Pic's dubious brand of heroism, half-baked historical sense, simplistic dialogue, flat staging and barely formed characters make for sluggish sledding.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
December 9, 2004
It turns real genocide into another kind of B-movie moustache-twirling.
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Kim Morgan
L.A. Weekly
December 9, 2004
Directed with the flat artlessness of a lower-rung Masterpiece Theater entry, pulling heartstrings with Igor Khoroshev's lugubrious score and scripted with banal bromides insulting to its subject matter.
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