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Free Men Reviews

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Michael Nordine
Slant Magazine
March 11, 2012
For much of its runtime, the film is simply there, decent for the most part, but at no point immersive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Benjamin Mercer
Village Voice
March 13, 2012
Free Men never feels like a movie about a developing conscience, due largely to the shallowness of the protagonist as written and, by extension, Rahim's portrayal...
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
March 15, 2012
Underwhelming, bland and pedestrian with a weak screenplay that squanders its many opportunities to be thrilling, provocative and poignant.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.35/10
Kent Turner
March 8, 2012
It's almost a case of actor abuse.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
May 25, 2012
I kept hoping to get caught up in it in more than a coolly intellectual way, but that never happened.
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
March 22, 2012
Rahim has the eyes of the young Mandy Patinkin. If only he had some of the wildness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
May 25, 2012
[A] socially nutritious, unimpeachably competent, but shapeless and sluggish wartime drama about the little-known collaboration between North African immigrants and the French Resistance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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David Fear
Time Out
March 13, 2012
Anyone expecting an Arabic Army of Shadows will be disappointed; if a muted, moodier approach to the material befits the social-issue subtext, it also severely dampens the tension and pacing that makes these films thrum.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Catherine Wheatley
Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
It's a thoughtful and thought-provoking piece of filmmaking, which repays repeat viewing.
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.
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
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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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Michael Upchurch
Seattle Times
April 12, 2012
A cannily shot thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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
Steve Rose
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
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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
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
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
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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
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
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