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Dark Blue World Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 25, 2002
Recycles some of the aerial combat footage shot for Battle of Britain (1969) and indeed some of the same old-fashioned war movie cliches.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
January 24, 2002
This material, a modern take on World War II, doesn't mesh well with the old-fashioned elements of the movie, which include lovers kissing passionately while trains puff in the distance and the hero's trusty dog watches.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
February 25, 2002
Between the complicated flashback structure and the hackneyed story (it's essentially the plot of Pearl Harbor), the Sveraks never get much momentum going, and the film becomes monotonous.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 11, 2002
The problem is that Casablanca is Casablanca and Dark Blue World is not.
Rob Blackwelder
January 11, 2002
The picture's stale and flimsy romance sends this otherwise stunning and profound combat story into an unrecoverable tailspin.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
December 27, 2001
A Czech Pearl Harbor, minus the attack.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
December 27, 2001
This could be called an art house version of Pearl Harbor, except that sounds vaguely nutritious, like fat- free yogurt or a historical episode of A&E's Biography. But Dark Blue World is all empty carbs, like malted milk balls.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
February 7, 2002
The movie's ambitions ... are not matched by the actual story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
April 12, 2002
Looks like the Eastern European version of director Michael Bay's popcorn epic from last summer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Shawn Levy
March 1, 2002
Takes an astounding piece of history and squanders it in cliches, sentimentality and cheap dramatics.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
November 3, 2001
You might remember the film's plot and character archetypes from Pearl Harbor, although Michael Bay's war turkey, in retrospect, lends itself to camp revisionism.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
May 21, 2002
The love triangle seems lifted out of "Pearl Harbor", and if there's a war movie from which you don't want to take inspiration, it's that one.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 3, 2002
The problem is that we've seen it all before and usually more lucidly and convincingly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
November 18, 2001
It hopes that its mundane structure is enough to keep up with its soaring aspirations. Like its lovesick protagonists, it hopes in vain.
| Original Score: 2/4
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
December 20, 2001
Uneven and mediocre to the point where you wonder why anybody bothered to cook up this film.
Full Review| Original Score: 4/10
Ken Fox
TV Guide
December 28, 2001
The fate of national heroes like the fictitious Franta is a fascinating subject that deserves a documentary all its own, so it comes as a surprise that Sverak pere et fils should devote so much screen time to a trite romantic triangle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Maria Garcia
Film Journal International
January 8, 2002
Flawed by a screenplay that promises a war epic but delivers only a predictable love story with the war as a backdrop.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 18, 2002
Does the world really need another painstakingly old-fashioned World War II saga?
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
February 15, 2002
This Czech-made drama demonstrates that American filmmakers haven't completely cornered the market on hackneyed World War II romances.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Marrit Ingman
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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