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Valkyrie Reviews

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Don Groves
December 31, 2010
Cruise, Singer, lose the credibility battle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine
December 17, 2008
The movie is streamlined to a fault, a sleek and purring machine interested in process, not people. So when the plan begins falling apart, audience sympathy is fatally missing.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
December 30, 2008
What if this lesser-known chapter of German resistance had been more deeply captured? What if the moral conflicts running through this movie about love of country and revolt said more about Germany, war and, yes, genocide?
| Original Score: 2/4
December 22, 2008
...for all the zippy editing (by longtime Singer collaborator John Ottman, who also composed the effective score), viewers will spend most of Valkyrie waiting for the other jackboot to drop.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
December 24, 2008
Judging by Mark Twain's comment about the music of Richard Wagner (better than it sounds), if Twain were around to see Valkyrie he'd likely say it's better than it seems.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
John P. McCarthy
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
December 24, 2008
It's difficult to immerse yourself in this glossily mechanical recreation of the 1944 plot by German officers to assassinate Adolph Hitler.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
December 24, 2008
Bryan Singer has managed a new, unexpected feat %u2014 he's learned to make boring movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Foucher
EDGE Boston
December 27, 2008
Valkyrie is an important film for purposes of partial exoneration of the German nation vis--vis the Third Reich; nevertheless, it's a bit of a snore.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 16, 2011
If there's one thing Cruise knows how to portray, it's robotic single-mindedness.
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union
December 24, 2009
Singer can only touch on the surface of each development. It would help if we could see the failure reflected in von Stauffenberg's one good eye, but Cruise, alas, can offer little help. He's just Tom Cruise in an eyepatch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Anders Wotzke
August 1, 2009
[Cruise] looks about as German as Jackie Chan would in a lederhosen.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Fernando F. Croce
August 26, 2009
It's never a pretty sight when a limited performer tries to "stretch" by way of cosmetics
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
January 31, 2009
With a more intelligent and taut screenplay, Valkyrie could have been much more riveting rather than merely be sporadically thrilling, mostly bland and, ultimately, underwhelming.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
December 24, 2008
Cruise's character, Claus von Stauffenberg, is off-putting and not just because he's a German with a pronounced American accent.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
December 29, 2008
Everybody is I think is good in the film, except Tom Cruise.
Christian Toto
What Would Toto Watch?
December 27, 2008
Valkyrie isn't Ishtar or Heaven's Gate 2.0, but it's also not the vehicle to springboard Tom Cruise back to the top.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
December 20, 2008
Incongruous vocal intonations aren't even the most significant problem plaguing Bryan Singer's film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
December 28, 2008
Stripped of the over the top special effects that have driven Cruise's most successful vehicles Valkyrie doesn't offer much in its place.
Kam Williams
May 22, 2009
An interminable costume drama strictly for Tom Cruise fans and for World War II buffs.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Eric D. Snider
December 23, 2008
It rarely rises to the level of entertainment you expect from a wartime thriller -- there's something rote and foregone about the whole affair.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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