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Walking With The Enemy Reviews

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April 27, 2014
An old-school drama so sincere, yet so ham-fisted, it borders on parody.
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Justin Chang
Variety
April 27, 2014
A little-known tale of Jewish resistance during the final days of WWII gets tackled with appreciable ambition and blunt, sporadic emotional force in "Walking With the Enemy."
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Cary Darling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
April 25, 2014
Sometimes awkward and melodramatic, the debut film from director Mark Schmidt nevertheless derives strength from its little-known true-life story of Holocaust heroism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
April 25, 2014
The film is as dramatically inert as its origins are inspirational.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
April 25, 2014
A plodding and clunky drama that never misses an opportunity to embrace a cliché.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 25, 2014
A badly written, poorly acted, bathetic pageant of bad wigs and worse accents, rendered with production values on a par with NBC's recent Sound of Music mummery.
| Original Score: 1/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
April 24, 2014
The film is so emotionally obvious and awkwardly handled that it doesn't deserve much consideration as a political or historical statement ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ben Kenigsberg
New York Times
April 24, 2014
Constant title cards introducing historical figures suggest the work of a completist rather than a filmmaker who has focused the material.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
April 24, 2014
Motivated by an earnest need to inspire, Schmidt's debut suffers from stiffness but improves as it goes, the tension of its plot overcoming many dramatic failings.
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
April 24, 2014
A determined historical sweep masks a small-minded bid for easy outrage and heartstrings-pulling in the schematic World War II drama "Walking With the Enemy."
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Peter Keough
Boston Globe
April 24, 2014
It does reduce a period of irredeemable horror to the heroics of a single person.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
April 24, 2014
A simple retelling of these stories would have been more dramatic, more effective and more powerful.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 24, 2014
The title "Walking With the Enemy" suggests a peculiar lack of urgency, so it's a disappointingly accurate handle indeed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 24, 2014
This is a dark, horrible history, and yet there are times when "Walking With the Enemy" feels like "To Be Or Not to Be," only without Jack Benny, or like "Hogan's Heroes" without the jokes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Miriam Bale
New York Daily News
April 24, 2014
Unfortunately, the nuances of these intense scenarios are lost in favor of action beats and a bombastic orchestral score.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Michael Nordine
Village Voice
April 23, 2014
As with many other WWII films, it takes genuinely stirring source material -- a young Hungarian man poses as a Nazi to find his dislocated family -- and reduces it to its most shopworn components.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
April 23, 2014
Its impact is special and inescapable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 23, 2014
After 20 shaky opening minutes, first-time director Mark Schmidt finds his footing with this slightly overlong English-language Holocaust drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4