100

Premiere

By Glenn Kenny
Composed of relatively few events and scenes, it's often excruciatingly tense and never less than heartbreakingly human. And as much as I admire "Munich," Shadows leaves Spielberg's film in the dust in the moral-ambiguity department. Never before seen in the States, it's already on my year's ten-best list. (April 2006 Premiere)
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100

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
A film masterpiece, restored more than three decades after its French release, "Army" remains a superb, coolly accurate portrait of a living hell recalled by two men who knew it well and record it truly, Melville and novelist Joseph Kessel.
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100

Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
Although made in 1969, this French masterpiece is receiving its first stateside release with a new print struck for the occasion.
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100

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
From the first sight of German soldiers goose-stepping past the Arc de Triomphe to a postscript that spells out the fate of characters whose moral confusion is all too real, Army of Shadows is a movie of its time -- and ours.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The picture was made in 1969 and is only now being released in the U.S., in a beautiful restoration supervised by original cinematographer Pierre Lhomme.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
This restored 35mm print, now in art theaters around the country, may be 37 years old, but it is the best foreign film of the year.
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100

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
It's a white-knuckler all the way, with most of that tension coming from the smallest facial expressions exchanged in uneasy silence between compatriots who knew what they were getting into, but were nevertheless unprepared for the moral and emotional fallout of their patriotic actions.
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100

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The results bear witness to a time when sacrifice was bleached of everything but itself.
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75

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Lino Ventura is grand as a solemn resistance leader. He's backed by a knockout cast that includes Simone Signoret.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Everything Melville shows us, he shows us for a reason, and these reasons are never obscure but are rather pertinent to the action and to the moral movement of the world and the characters.
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99 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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