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
December 29, 2011
Ultimately, the common criminal has as much in common with the career soldier and the idealistic revolutionary . . . .
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 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
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.
March 25, 2011
Sometimes a bit too episodic and stuffed with history to register emotionally but the three central performances carry the piece overall.
March 25, 2011
You need have no political or historical investment in the movie whatsoever to find it completely fascinating.
March 25, 2011
Think The Godfather II as told through France vs. Algeria tensions, and you have the essence of Rachid Bouchareb's vivid combo crime saga, action movie and historical drama.
March 2, 2011
"Outside the Law" is an epic film about Algeria's fight for liberation from France, with three outstanding performances and a grand, sweeping feel.
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