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The Assault Reviews

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Philip French
Observer (UK)
April 22, 2012
The staging is meticulous.
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
April 20, 2012
Shot in black and white, it is well made and helped by copious research.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Phelim O'Neill
April 19, 2012
The kind of serious, adult action movie that the US and UK struggle to make.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
April 19, 2012
A very robust piece of filmmaking with subtle shades of moral complexity to boot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity
April 6, 2012
Curiously lacking in tension.
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
April 6, 2012
Exploiting film's visceral, kinetic and pummeling power to the max, this fact-based thriller about the 1994 Algerian terrorist hijacking of a Paris-bound flight is an outstanding achievement in genre entertainment.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
April 6, 2012
So gripping and focused that it easily bests Hollywood movies with 50 times its budget.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
April 5, 2012
In place of emotional stakes, we get gleaming, stylized, occasionally slow-motion violence, filmed in such extreme close-ups and cramped spaces that it's impossible to differentiate gunman and victim.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
April 5, 2012
Could have been better, had Leclercq resisted to urge to include the soap operatics ... It's solid - but it should have been gripping.
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
April 5, 2012
Brisk and technically efficient, The Assault is a dull film based on a real event that certainly wasn't.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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David Fear
Time Out
April 3, 2012
Only the overstylized, near-colorless cinematography offers any shades of gray (actually, nothing but shades of gray); everything else is rendered in the most black-and-white way possible.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
April 3, 2012
The Assault is so tense, it seems to pass in a single held breath-so quickly, in fact, that you don't register its narrative flimsiness until later on.
Harvey S. Karten
March 15, 2012
A tension-filled dramatization of the actual hijacking of a French airbus in December 1994.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Robert Tumas
Slant Magazine
April 27, 2011
Julien Leclercq's The Assault works hard at finding its human factor, the thread linking the cold-blooded facts of the 1994 hijacking by Muslim extremists of Air France Flight 8969 and the people on the plane.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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