Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi) Reviews

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April 2, 2020
The story here is a grand one. But it is painful as well. I guess freedom always is.
January 22, 2013
January 22, 2013
December 29, 2011
Ultimately, the common criminal has as much in common with the career soldier and the idealistic revolutionary . . . .
May 20, 2011
Outside The Law is a fairly run of the mill slice of historical action/crime-drama, but ironically one that has just enough story to sustain your attention, but all too little historical fact to truly deserve your it to begin with.
May 19, 2011
Part Western, part Godfather and with topical reflections of French colonialism meeting contemporary struggles for freedom in north Africa head-on, this is a thought-provoking film despite its over-ambitious nature.
May 16, 2011
Bouchareb makes subtle points here about the damaging legacy of colonial rule.
May 10, 2011
Exciting but one-sided, Bouchareb's film is a Melville-lite study of honour among dangerous men.
May 9, 2011
A little on the long side, it nonetheless keeps us involved in the deadly cat-and-mouse games between the Algerian freedom fighters and increasingly desperate police, and the performances from the reliable trio of lead actors are excellent.
May 8, 2011
Bouchareb is not, as Pontecorvo was, a political film-maker. He's a humanist with a strong feeling for personal tragedies and people caught up in the tides of history.
May 6, 2011
There is no doubt where Bouchareb's sympathies lie but his attempt to marry a political lesson with the structures of an action movie doesn't always work. Current events give his argument renewed force, however.
May 5, 2011
It's overlong and a little over-indulgent, but given current events in north Africa, there's an unanticipated resonance to it.
May 5, 2011
A self-consciously epic historical drama about the road to Algerian independence from France in 1962.
May 5, 2011
It's handsome, confident large-scale cinema, with a fascinating historical heart. Take no prisoners stuff.
May 5, 2011
A tiring, didactic manipulation of history.
May 5, 2011
Though the period feel and detail are excellent, the fascinating historical complexities become somewhat lost in a sentimental tale of bloody ties and brotherly duty.
May 4, 2011
That every political issue is covered from race to poverty to French oppression only makes the dish, like a pizza with an overcrowded topping, harder to keep piping hot.
May 3, 2011
It's a big, bold film defined by a reserved passion, a stately style and strong performances from its three leads.
May 3, 2011
Controversial and contended it may be in France, but whatever your stance this is another thrilling and thoughtful slice of history from the Days Of Glory director.
April 1, 2011
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