Flammen & Citronen (Flame & Citron) (The Flame and the Lemon) - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Flammen & Citronen (Flame & Citron) (The Flame and the Lemon) Reviews

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August 15, 2009
A very well-made and engrossing...cinematic tribute to two Danish freedom fighters
Full Review | Original Score: B+
August 14, 2009
A deeply involving look at people living permanently on the knife-edge of danger.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 14, 2009
...shocking...constant tension...great performances by Mikkelsen, Lindhardt, and Stengade. This captures what it really must have been like in the Resistance.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
August 7, 2009
A satisfying thriller interestingly complicated by its study of character and compromise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 7, 2009
The action scenes are well-staged and the performances are aces.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 6, 2009
Throughout this compelling film, the assassins want to believe they're doing righteous work: they're fighting Nazi occupation forces, after all.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
August 3, 2009
A classic piece of historical action narrative told in a lean no-nonsense manner with riveting action sequences. A great war story.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
August 2, 2009
. The persuasive force of the film falls squarely on Lindhardt's and Mikkelsen's shoulders as experienced actors whose gifts for sustaining layers of motivational subtext is utterly satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
August 1, 2009
[Amidst] corruption and complicity. . .a no-frills male friendship to fight against impossible odds [where] life during wartime is seen as the precursor to postwar noir [yet] stirringly vivid.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
July 31, 2009
A captivating, engrossing and character-driven thriller filled with solid performances along with palpable suspense, intensity and intrigue.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.25/10
July 31, 2009
As directed by Ole Christian Madsen, the thriller features well-choreographed shootouts and assassinations. But the script is too melodramatic and complicated for its own good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 31, 2009
Rich with espionage intrigue, period perfect World War II details and fascinatingly complex lead characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 31, 2009
The director Ole Christian Madsen's Flame & Citron is a fictionalized film, based on fact, about two Danish Resistance fighters.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
July 31, 2009
The film is based on true events: Flame and Citron (both noms de guerre) became national heroes. But it's really a meditation on the nature of heroism, and the quest for purity of purpose.
July 31, 2009
Straightforward, brutal and exciting, a gripping tale of men ready for death in the face of unknowable treachery and a vicious enemy.
July 30, 2009
A consistently serious, well-acted effort. It's also, at 130 minutes, a bit of a slog at points.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
July 30, 2009
Despite the panache, Flame & Citron maintains a generally dour sensibility.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
July 30, 2009
Madsen's action sequences are beautifully choreographed and shot, and the movie is packed with slick shootouts and narrow escapes, but it all lacks a certain oomph.
Read More | Original Score: B
July 30, 2009
even with all the script's moralizing about the killing of innocents, Madsen still loads up his climax with truckloads of Nazi soldiers and a hail of bullets and grenades
| Original Score: 3/5
July 30, 2009
It's hard to argue with such primal filmgoing pleasures, especially once the film introduces notions of how good people lose their morality during wartime.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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