Diplomacy Reviews

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April 14, 2020
If you dig "talking movies" and want to try something that's not in the American "Sorkin/Mamet" smooth-talk variety, Diplomacy is worth checking out.
September 6, 2019
Though it tends to be a rather dusty historical drama, Diplomacy isn't without significant merits, a drama depicting the type of barely contained desperation behind what could have been a significant catastrophe.
February 16, 2018
What might seem like excess staginess in a lesser director's hands becomes excitingly stripped-down here, especially with canny use of a moving camera on a small set, where lighting keeps flickering due to power outages.
September 15, 2017
This is a game of chess played out by the knights, fearful of the king but strong in chivalric code.
August 21, 2017
The suspense stems not from the foreseen conclusion, but from the thinking that leads up to it.
August 21, 2017
The best way to look at his film is as a love story about Paris. One can differ about the interpretation of events presented in the movie. It is hard to disagree about the worthiness of his love.
June 21, 2015
Gripping little drama shows the fate of Paris in the hands of two men
January 8, 2015
Diplomacy induces pins and needles from the get-go and doesn't let up until the credits roll.
December 12, 2014
Arestrup and Dussollier are mesmerizing as they attack and parry, argue and counterargue. They reminisce about their lives before the war and wax poetic about their families - then engage in battle again.
December 12, 2014
The drama is made interesting and more substantial as hidden facts about the German's situation are revealed, and his soldier's perspective honored.
December 4, 2014
You know, after all, what the end result will be, but "Diplomacy" is strong enough to keep the situation intense and important.
December 4, 2014
A little supporting personality could have made the proceedings feel less like a smartly staged character study and more like a wartime drama.
December 2, 2014
Diplomacy will work for those who appreciate dialogue-based character films in which plot is of secondary importance.
November 26, 2014
Although we know what happens, Diplomacy keeps up the suspense and pulls off surprises as Choltitz's decision reaches its inevitable ending.
November 24, 2014
We know where this is going, or rather where it isn't; but the fun is in watching the negotiations unfold.
November 20, 2014
Its minor thrills come not from not knowing what will happen, but from watching the cagey choreography of two acrobatic minds.
November 17, 2014
Expanded from Cyril Gely's stage play, this film remains finely focussed on a history-changing dialogue between two men on the day Paris changed hands from the Nazis to the Allies.
November 16, 2014
The result is intriguing and intelligent, but ultimately uninspired.
November 14, 2014
It is a beautifully written and expertly acted two-hander that takes dramatic licence with real historical events to create an urgent, compelling high-stakes drama.
November 13, 2014
Gert Frbe and Orson Welles played the same parts in Ren Clment's sprawling epic, Is Paris Burning? (1966). But this is superior in every regard.
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