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

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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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January 15, 2010
Madsen has acknowledged a strong debt to Pierre Melville's 1969 classic Army of Shadows. This one deserves a seat at the same table.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
December 17, 2009
It's fast-paced, stylish and thrilling. But it also raises one tough question.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
December 17, 2009
It winds its way through a tricky, fact-based plot that's sometimes reminiscent of film noir. At the center is a bewitching femme fatale whose allegiances and motives are less than clear.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 17, 2009
While it may not be a smorgasbord of red herrings and red meat, Flame and Citron is often chilling.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 13, 2009
Madsen makes the most of his budget, and he keeps pulling his camera back for long, visually sumptuous overhead shots.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 5, 2009
To its credit, the film gives full weight to the confusion and ambivalence of war; the struggle for liberation from tyranny rarely looks so dubious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 9, 2009
[An] atypical and moody noir war film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
August 21, 2009
Flame & Citron examines the moral shadings of the Danish resistance during World War II without turning into a revisionist bore.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
August 20, 2009
Maintains a high level of suspense for more than two hours.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 20, 2009
Flame & Citron, based on the lives of two actual Resistance heroes, is a taut, handsome production -- the most expensive Danish film to date -- and it looks like a film noir, as indeed the costumes, cars, guns and fugitives force it to.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
August 14, 2009
A deeply involving look at people living permanently on the knife-edge of danger.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Kate Taylor
Globe and Mail
August 7, 2009
A satisfying thriller interestingly complicated by its study of character and compromise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 7, 2009
The action scenes are well-staged and the performances are aces.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
July 31, 2009
The director Ole Christian Madsen's Flame & Citron is a fictionalized film, based on fact, about two Danish Resistance fighters.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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David Fear
Time Out
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Ella Taylor
Village Voice
July 30, 2009
Of all European nations, Denmark enjoys the nearest thing to a heroic record of resisting the Nazi occupiers -- which adds both poignancy and punch to Ole Christian Madsen's fact-based drama about two posthumously honored Danes.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 29, 2009
You can feel the shadow of Steven Spielberg's Munich hovering over Flame & Citron, a Danish drama of resistance fighters in Copenhagen during WWII.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Erica Abeel
Hollywood Reporter
July 17, 2009
A bold, riveting tale of wartime resistance borrowing the form of a noir thriller.
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
March 6, 2009
It's episodic and lengthy, but on the whole this is a well-sustained and surprisingly understated drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
March 28, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: B+