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Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi) Reviews

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis
December 29, 2011
Ultimately, the common criminal has as much in common with the career soldier and the idealistic revolutionary . . . .
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 16, 2011
Bouchareb makes subtle points here about the damaging legacy of colonial rule.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sam Wigley
Total Film
May 10, 2011
Exciting but one-sided, Bouchareb's film is a Melville-lite study of honour among dangerous men.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip Concannon
The Skinny
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip French
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.
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Steve Rose
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph (UK)
May 5, 2011
A self-consciously epic historical drama about the road to Algerian independence from France in 1962.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mark Stafford
Electric Sheep
May 5, 2011
It's handsome, confident large-scale cinema, with a fascinating historical heart. Take no prisoners stuff.
Tom Seymour
Little White Lies
May 5, 2011
A tiring, didactic manipulation of history.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Damon Wise
Radio Times
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
May 3, 2011
It's a big, bold film defined by a reserved passion, a stately style and strong performances from its three leads.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Wilding
Empire Magazine
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 1, 2011
Bouchareb sketches this with clarity and skill, building toward a bloodstained ending that is technically happy (Algerian independence!) but feels deeply sad.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 31, 2011
It's a ham-handed "issue" movie that preaches to the converted, but the mid-century threads look cool and those Coppola moments remain effective all these years later.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Brian Tallerico
March 25, 2011
Sometimes a bit too episodic and stuffed with history to register emotionally but the three central performances carry the piece overall.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
March 25, 2011
You need have no political or historical investment in the movie whatsoever to find it completely fascinating.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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