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Valkyrie Reviews

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Valkyrie, as field-commanded by director Bryan Singer, succeeds on its own terms as a handsome hybrid of conspiracy thriller and history lesson, of Mission: Impossible and The Day of the Jackal.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Tom Huddlestone
Time Out
January 23, 2009
As old-fashioned historical escapism goes, this is solid, compelling stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
January 5, 2009
Surely there is some middle ground between a history lesson and mindless action-adventure. The people who made Valkyrie not only didn't find that ground; they weren't even looking for it.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
December 30, 2008
It is a well-made film that raises timeless questions about the demands of military duty when they are placed in conflict with higher principles.
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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
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
December 30, 2008
Singer keeps the conspiracy racing to its fated conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
December 30, 2008
As a suspense movie, this works pretty well.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
December 29, 2008
Valkyrie is made with impeccable professionalism and, flying in the face of years of Internet hysteria, is a perfectly acceptable motion picture. The only thing that keeps it from even greater accomplishments may be inherent in the story itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
December 29, 2008
The screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie and Nathan Alexander introduces a seemingly endless series of characters, but there's no time to flesh any of them out enough to make you worry about their fate.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
December 29, 2008
Valkyrie doesn't whip you up like that Jewish vigilante avenger picture Defiance, but in this season of throat-grabbing Holocaust movies, its gentlemanliness is most welcome.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
December 29, 2008
Valkyrie transforms World War II into a boy's adventure.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
December 29, 2008
There are some powerful moments and [it's] an interesting true story.
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
December 29, 2008
Everybody is I think is good in the film, except Tom Cruise.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
December 29, 2008
The problem is not that we know the outcome. The problem is the buildup.
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
December 29, 2008
Despite its potential to be a turkey for the ages, Singer's blandly proficient historical thriller is fatally forgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
December 29, 2008
You just can't quite enter the world of this film, not in the way that you might have if a more nuanced and less iconic actor had played the central role.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
December 29, 2008
Mr. Cruise's performance turns out to be brisk and reasonably plausible, though unexceptional, while the production as a whole succeeds as an elaborate procedural, impressively staged in historical locations.
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Philip Kennicott
Washington Post
December 29, 2008
Valkyrie is a brutally efficient bit of storytelling, and it makes no unforced errors.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
December 29, 2008
Think of Valkyrie as a reasonably entertaining drama about the time Tom Cruise tried to kill Hitler. Do that, and it becomes possible to enjoy the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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December 29, 2008
What you miss in both Defiance and Valkyrie is inner conflict. Their protagonists have not an instant of self-doubt. They're figures in historical pageants, not characters in a drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Christopher Orr
The New Republic
December 25, 2008
The movie... fails by the standards of $100 million Hollywood star action vehicles, and by the standards of World War II Oscar-bait epics. But by the standards of anticipated career-crushing trainwrecks, it's pretty good.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 24, 2008
Valkyrie is a World War II thriller without enough thrills.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
December 24, 2008
Like the coup whose story it tells, Valkyrie is a near miss, failing to sweep us along for what should have been a dramatic ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
December 24, 2008
For a thriller with a thoroughly foreordained outcome, Valkyrie does a pretty good job at making the viewer's palms sweat.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 24, 2008
Bryan Singer has capably crafted this war thriller in such a way that one occasionally forgets the foregone conclusion and becomes wrapped up in the excitement of the moment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 24, 2008
The film isn't half bad. It's certainly not the unwitting laugh riot that many (me included) expected.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 24, 2008
Singer has a masterful touch with composition, creating tension simply by the way he places his actors around a room. And even though we know how it turned out, the assassination plot remains a gripping tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
December 24, 2008
It may be the same old partners but it's a better dance -- here, at least, history leads and Hollywood follows.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
December 24, 2008
It's a crafty action flick with a pristine cast that works, ever so briefly, as a wish-fulfillment fantasy.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
December 24, 2008
With just the slightest tilt toward black comedy, Valkyrie could have been the Dilbert of Nazi movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
December 24, 2008
Director Bryan Singer keeps the pace fast, and although we know the ultimate outcome, it's easy to get caught up in the excitement of what-if thinking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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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
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Eric D. Snider
Film.com
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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Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
December 23, 2008
Valkyrie feels like another installment in the never-ending franchise -- not just the action-movie one, but the Tom Cruise one. Like the operation itself, it's a good idea -- just not well-executed.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
December 23, 2008
Valkyrie is like having to watch someone build a bomb and then never getting to see it explode.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
December 23, 2008
Based on a true story, Valkyrie aims to be a thriller, not an issues movie, and it succeeds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
December 23, 2008
Valkyrie is a taut suspense flick for grown-ups that asks: What if ruthless German efficiency had been used against Hitler?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 22, 2008
A meticulous thriller based on a large-scale conspiracy within the German army to assassinate Hitler.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
December 22, 2008
In Cruise's hands, von Stauffenberg comes off as a very human window into this history and this engrossing and involving movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
December 22, 2008
Tom Cruise starring in the fact-based story of a plot to kill Hitler by Nazi Col. Claus von Stauffenberg sounds like Oscar bait. It isn't. And the sooner you accept it, the more fun you'll have at this satisfying B movie.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
December 22, 2008
[Cruise is] distractingly bad in this, the iconography of his celebrity so strongly overshadowing his performance. He's just too powerfully contemporary.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
December 11, 2008
Bryan Singer's long-awaited account of the near-miss assassination of Adolf Hitler by a ring of rebel German army officers on July 20, 1944, has visual splendor galore, but is a cold work lacking in the requisite tension and suspense.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
December 11, 2008
A coolly efficient, entertaining and straightforward tale about the last of 15 known assassination attempts against Adolf Hitler.