Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi) Reviews

January 22, 2013
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
A tiring, didactic manipulation of history.
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.
April 1, 2011
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.
February 17, 2011
A gripping French-Algerian coproduction that makes Algeria's epic struggle for independence from France look like a gangster movie.
February 10, 2011
The movie is impressively made but finally feels rote and, at 138 minutes, outstays its welcome.
November 24, 2010
"Outside the Law" is at the very least a superior action film, in which the action sequences are plausible and grounded in reality.
November 22, 2010
Brings significant historical events memorably to life, largely through the galvanizing force of a trio of committed and thoughtful performances.
November 5, 2010
Extremely well-acted, suspenseful and produced on a lavish scale, "Outside the Law" may oversimplify the complex politics, but it's a worthy companion piece to "Army of Shadows."
November 4, 2010
With its mixture of righteous politics and family turmoil, this didactic, unashamedly manipulative film wants to be something like a cross between Army of Shadows, Jean-Pierre Melville's 1969 classic of the French Resistance, and The Godfather.
November 3, 2010
Bouchareb's intensely dramatized, passionately partisan story of militancy in the struggle for Algerian independence from France after World War II makes effective use of Godfather storytelling theatrics.
November 2, 2010
The production design is nice enough, but Bouchareb's four-country co-production isn't an epic-it's just long.
September 17, 2010
A potentially inflammatory story about Muslim freedom-fighters/terrorists in France during the Algerian independence war gets the generic gangster-epic treatment.