Defiance Reviews

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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.
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.
August 30, 2009
Defiance is overly long and somewhat disjointed, dragging through an interminable second act that seriously impedes the film's flow and hurts the inspired performances.
August 26, 2009
The tone is desaturated gravity, the action is smudged, the Old Testament parables subtle as anvils
July 18, 2009
Good story, but loses its way dramatically long before the finish.
May 29, 2009
A story that ought to be heartbreaking and ennobling...comes across as little more than ordinary.
May 10, 2009
Ao tentar romantizar um incidente memorável, Zwick transforma uma história poderosa em um água-com-açúcar repleto de clichês.
April 24, 2009
It's as though the filmmakers have tried so hard to create an authentic world, it seems to be exactly that: a make believe world.
March 22, 2009
o Zwick trabaei parapano apo ektyflotika profaneis parallilismoys tis sygkekrimenis istorias me ekeini tis Eksodoy, poy profanos den tis skeftike o Zwick monos toy, o opoios to mono poy epideiknyei synehos, einai i apithanotita toy na epinoisei otidipote
February 11, 2009
[Defiance] stuffs everything into a tired formula, robs the story of its inherent drama, and makes it dull. [It's] absent of any surprises or subtle characterization.
January 26, 2009
A strangely unaffecting story about real heroism in World War II
January 20, 2009
An interesting story with handsome production values, but full of romantic contrivances and blockbuster conceits. This is the Holocaust at its action-hero worst.
January 20, 2009
The way Zwick force-feeds his audience emotion becomes laborious.
January 20, 2009
I felt like these characters were prototypes and not people.
January 18, 2009
Just like the winter in the movie, the film feels long. The story is amazing, but surprisingly, in the hands of Zwick the film never felt that way.
January 17, 2009
The material is engrossing, but the execution is ponderous...
January 17, 2009
...ultimately does a disservice to the real-life figures that inspired this story.
January 16, 2009
"Defiance" sometimes is so subtle and well done, you admire Zwick for his reserve and tact. Unfortunately, at other times the movie is so heavy-handed, it can leach into parody.
January 16, 2009
Earnest yet stubbornly static.
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