The Fencer (Miekkailija) Reviews

August 31, 2017
It's surprising how polite and restrained everything is. However, that doesn't mean you won't be wiping your eyes as the credits start to roll.
August 23, 2017
Basically a "Hoosiers" remake ... but that's OK. It's a winner here, too.
August 17, 2017
An effective mix of underdog sports drama and political thriller, inspired by the true-life story of celebrated fencing champ Endel Nelis.
August 11, 2017
Not awful, just uninspired.
August 10, 2017
Though the camera follows Endel closely, we never really get inside his head - or explore the fear, regret and uncertainty that must plague him.
July 21, 2017
The sincerity with which the clichs get served up, and so on, make a relatively smooth viewing experience. But they also render what would have been an at times harrowing real-life story into something safe and bland.
July 20, 2017
Almost relentlessly predictable and formulaic - a story of one man's refusal to conform that dutifully hits all its marks.
July 20, 2017
The palette is muted, like a faded photograph, and tense scenes are underplayed.
November 29, 2016
It's an effective vehicle for exploring the troubled relationship between two countries, and that may be the point, at the expense of accuracy.
October 3, 2016
Suffused with gorgeous cinematography, the sharp-sweet drama The Fencer is Finland's foreign Oscar entry and a pleasure to watch.
September 29, 2016
The set-up is a bit schmaltzy and the only guesswork is how bitter the bittersweet ending will be, but Haro coaxes strong performances from the cast ...
September 29, 2016
This well-acted, smoothly crafted drama tells a story of cross-generational bonding in the face of historical oppression, in touching if unsurprising fashion.
September 29, 2016
The man and his motivations remain oddly elusive in this blankly heroic, clunkingly predictable portrait.
September 26, 2016
'School of Rock' with swords.
March 3, 2016
An affecting portrait of a decent man who risks his life to uphold a bond of trust with his students. Though squarely in the tradition of Dead Poets Society and The Bad News Bears, the film offers higher stakes and, consequently, a bigger payoff.