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Free Men Reviews

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Catherine Wheatley
Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
It's a thoughtful and thought-provoking piece of filmmaking, which repays repeat viewing.
Philip French
Observer (UK)
May 28, 2012
They are people worth knowing about and pondering in our present, conflicted times.
Steve Rose
Guardian
May 24, 2012
The tension doesn't grip as it should, but it's a worthwhile reminder of a moment of Muslim-Jewish co-operation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Antonia Quirke
Financial Times
May 24, 2012
Free Men tells the little-known true story of a mosque in Paris that sheltered Jewish citizens hiding from the authorities during the second world war.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Adam Woodward
Little White Lies
May 24, 2012
Passionate if insubstantial period piece. Rahim is the real deal, though.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
May 23, 2012
It's a quietly thoughtful film that eschews cheap sentimentality and - through the assured performance of Rahim - demonstrates that good can come from the most unlikely places.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
May 23, 2012
Enjoyable French wartime drama that brings a new perspective to a familiar story and features a compelling central performance from Tahar Rahim, but the plot is occasionally frustrating and appears to lack direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
May 22, 2012
Ferroukhi fails to communicate much of the fear and paranoia of living in an occupied city.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Hughes
Empire Magazine
May 20, 2012
It may lack the punch of his turn in A Prophet, but Rahim again dominates the screen in an effective wartime thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tom Dawson
Total Film
May 15, 2012
Modest in both budget and impact, it's nonetheless intelligently executed...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Miles Fielder
The List
May 11, 2012
Loosely based on real events, this espionage drama set during World War II focuses on the largely overlooked cooperation between Arabic immigrants and the French Resistance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
May 3, 2012
One of those espionage/war movies in which the usual thrilling chases and shootouts take a back seat to the transformations that occur in the protagonists' minds.
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Michael Upchurch
Seattle Times
April 12, 2012
A cannily shot thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
March 23, 2012
The film benefits greatly from Rahim's subtle, effective performance; and it's inevitably heartening to see Jewish and Muslim Algerians identify themselves in national, not ethnic or religious, terms, while fighting a common enemy.
Full Review | Original Score: C+

Boston Phoenix
March 20, 2012
Ferroukhi evokes the unusual setting of his film, the Arab community in war-time Paris, with specificity and brooding atmosphere.
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
March 16, 2012
Free Men offers a pleasing historical escape via a story of everyone setting aside religious, colonial, and ethnic divides to unite against the Nazis.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 16, 2012
"Free Men" is so-so, but it is driven by a mischievously interesting idea: that Muslims and Jews have more in common than they normally allow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
March 15, 2012
A worthy and interesting chapter to the tradition of World War II dramas of conscience.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 14, 2012
A compelling and captivating film based on the true story of an Algerian immigrant who is transformed into a freedom fighter during the Nazi occupation of Paris in 1942.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 19, 2012
For a change a film that casts Islam in a positive light.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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