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The Battle of the River Plate (Pursuit of the Graf Spee) Reviews

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Powell and Pressburger's final collaboration as The Archers was also, perhaps, their dullest.

TV Guide
May 14, 2012
The film is adroitly directed by Powell and Pressburger, though the concentration is on the vessels, rather than the men aboard them.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
The battle sequences, in which the lightweight British cruisers close in on the Graf Spee and force the enemy to take shelter in Montevideo harbor, are powerful, exciting and technically impressive.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 12, 2006
... a rather routine chronicle of the capture of the feared German battleship the Graf Spee.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Sean Axmaker
November 18, 2010
The miniature work is excellent and physical production impressive even as the filmmakers constantly deny the spectacle of battle to focus on the people...
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
Though it's mostly a waiting game, the film is tense and involving, thanks to Powell's fluid shifting of the point of view.
Emanuel Levy
July 7, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
January 28, 2006
Give the British filmmakers a good, rousing subject from their own naval history and they're almost certain to come up with a picture that proudly bespeaks the courage and audacity of a hero breed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5

May 24, 2003
An enjoyable and more than usually thoughtful Second World War film. Expertly photographed, cleverly paced and full of good humour and empathy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Empire Magazine
May 14, 2012
Not Powell and Emeric's greatest work, but still a cut above many '50s war movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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