Free Men Reviews

June 18, 2012
It's a thoughtful and thought-provoking piece of filmmaking, which repays repeat viewing.
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.
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.
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.
May 24, 2012
Passionate if insubstantial period piece. Rahim is the real deal, though.
May 22, 2012
Ferroukhi fails to communicate much of the fear and paranoia of living in an occupied city.
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.
April 14, 2012
[Rahim] is the engine running the ship, the command center through which everything else must flow through, the young actor quickly becoming one of the best and most interesting working today.
April 12, 2012
A cannily shot thriller.
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.
March 22, 2012
Rahim has the eyes of the young Mandy Patinkin. If only he had some of the wildness.
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.
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.
March 15, 2012
A worthy and interesting chapter to the tradition of World War II dramas of conscience.
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.
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...
March 11, 2012
For much of its runtime, the film is simply there, decent for the most part, but at no point immersive.
September 21, 2011
A satisfying wartime espionage drama focused on little-noted intersections between Arabic emigres and the French Resistance.