Resistance

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Flawed yet honorable, Resistance pushes past uneven performances and execution to pay sincere tribute to its real-life protagonist.

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Before he was the world-famous mime Marcel Marceau, he was Marcel Mangel, an aspiring Jewish actor who joined the French Resistance to save the lives of thousands of children orphaned at the hands of the Nazis. Jesse Eisenberg stars in this compelling drama about a group of unsung heroes who put themselves in harm's way to rise above hatred and oppression during World War II. As a young man growing up in Nazi-occupied Europe, Marcel has no intention of getting involved in the war -- his pursuits include impersonating Charlie Chaplin in burlesque clubs, painting backdrops for his plays, and antagonizing his obstinate father. His life is thrown into upheaval when he is recruited into the French Resistance, putting his acting skills to the ultimate test in teaching orphaned Jewish children how to survive in the horrifying reality of the Holocaust. Based on the inspiring true story, RESISTANCE follows the revolutionary tale of a selfless act that would forever change countless lives.

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All Critics (82) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (45) | Rotten (37)

  • Resistance may be good enough at what it does, but what it does is more horse manure than history.

    June 24, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • It's ultimately useless as veracious historical drama.

    June 22, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • Resistance fails to commit to anything: too confused to honour its hero, too generic to shine a new light on a crucial moment in history.

    June 19, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a very notable story but this is another of those sepia second world war films for which there continues to be a solid market.

    June 18, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The result is strangely distracted, a pity for a story rich enough to be told just like it is.

    June 17, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Resistance is like a maudlin Robin Williams vehicle inorganically fused with a by-the-numbers wartime thriller.

    April 1, 2020 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

    A.A. Dowd

    AV Club
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