Max Manus: Man of War Reviews

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April 7, 2011
A polished and large-scale production with some rousing action sequences, the movie is certainly watchable, though no one's going to call this exciting filmmaking.
September 24, 2010
September 6, 2010
The Euro-cultural tradition of canonizing Nazi resisters has met few candidates as challenging as Max Manus, a Norwegian saboteur and key member of the ragtag-guerilla Oslo Gang.
September 3, 2010
Enthalling and action-packed, it's understandably Norway's most successful film so far.
September 3, 2010
Has an old-fashioned sincerity that entertains without engaging.
September 3, 2010
Add to the impressive cannon of recent World War II resistance films, that include "Black Book," "Flame and Citron" and "Army of Crime," this engaging true story about a group of Norwegian freedom fighters--called the "Oslo Group"...
September 3, 2010
A taut, captivating, well-acted and thrilling war film.
September 3, 2010
The destruction in Max Manus is elaborately staged by co-directors Espen Sandberg and Joachim Roenning...
September 2, 2010
Basically a slice of formulaic Hollywood-style mythmaking, writ large and woefully empty.
September 2, 2010
A strong cast, a bold visual sense with dynamic camera work and a propulsive story: They are the keys to a riveting film. Which Max Manus is from start to finish.
August 31, 2010
An epic by Scandinavian standards, Manus's period re-creation is lavish-but the too-polished rental décor doesn't create a living past.
August 17, 2010
A conventional biopic lacking in passion but of great importance toward understanding the Norwegian resistance to Nazi occupation.
April 2, 2010
The film exhibits another flaw common to film biographies: Directors Espen Sandberg and Joachim Roenning seem more interested in making a shrine to (as opposed to a biography of) their war hero.
April 2, 2010
An intense and intelligent war biopic about Norway's greatest Second World War saboteur.
April 2, 2010
The movie feels overly familiar even though the real-life story it tells is little known outside of Norway...
March 25, 2010
Directors Espen Sandberg and Joachim Ronning have not only crafted an enlightening biographical tale but a film, not unlike recent Oscar winner The Hurt Locker, that also conveys the addictive nature and ultimate futility of combat.
January 14, 2010
Impressively directed, frequently exciting and powerfully emotional war thriller with a strong script and great performances.
September 17, 2009
Solid and convincing, if pedestrian, World War II story that has its moments.
September 16, 2009
...remains oddly uninvolving throughout its distinctly overlong running time...
September 14, 2009
A fascinating, well-acted glimpse into a little known theatre of the war.
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