Defiance Reviews

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November 28, 2020
The script can't quite manage enough pathos for its band of oddly anti-heroic protagonists to create a lasting impression.
September 5, 2020
As the leader with a checkered past, Craig shows off both his action hero chops, his sensitive side and a nifty little Belorussian accent that occasionally wavers.
April 10, 2020
I recommend the movie as a redemptive and uplifting tale of heroism... if only to call attention to the real heroism of the historic Bielski brothers.
January 27, 2020
If only Defiance could offer up a treatment of this historical phenomenon with more originality and mettle and less faith in war-movie razzle-dazzle.
October 2, 2019
Very displeased that the Holocaust is used, once again, as a place and time to pass off entertainment as art.
June 6, 2019
The kind of big, old-fashioned prestige entertainment Hollywood seems to have forgotten how to do
August 29, 2018
Bielski's extraordinary achievement is fairly and finely rendered...
January 2, 2018
I've admired Craig's work in all his movies, and though it is unfair to compare his work here with his appearance as James Bond, I regard Defiance as the Daniel Craig movie I admire most.
December 30, 2017
The actors are compelling. And Director Edward Zwick inflects the material with his trademark mix of moral zeal and high adventure, as in previous epics like Glory, Legends of the Fall and Blood Diamond.
June 22, 2013
Zwick wants to tell timeless stories on a grand scale. I know that's not what people want anymore. I know it's not breathtaking. But it's not something many are doing now, and definitely not doing it this well.
November 16, 2011
November 16, 2011
August 16, 2011
Zwick does not deal in gratuitous grotesquery or far-fetched metaphor. "Operatic" and "surreal" are not in his vocabulary.
April 4, 2011
March 18, 2011
For all its pomp and ruminating, Defiance isn't really interested in drama. It really just wants to entertain us. But it's not any better at that.
October 20, 2010
Defiance is heavy-handed, but emotionally compelling, engaging and inspiring throughout.
January 10, 2010
Director Edward Zwick does a fine job presenting the challenges of reality without falling into nostalgia or easy Hollywood heroes.
December 17, 2009
succumbing to Hollywood cliches at the expense of historical truth
November 15, 2009
Un drama bélico eficaz que rescata la heroicidad de los hermanos Bielski, protagonistas de un episodio poco conocido de la Segunda Guerra Mundial.
October 19, 2009
This is not an easy film to watch, as it describes the horrors of war with neither sympathetic nor maudlin touches.
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