100

Premiere

By Glenn Kenny
Black Book is Verhoeven's best film since "RoboCop": audacious, smart, shamelessly entertaining.
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90

The Hollywood Reporter

By Ray Bennett
It succeeds on almost all fronts. The epic film is a high-octane adventure rooted in fact with a raft of arresting characters, big action sequences and twists and turns galore.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Just for starters, no movie about the Dutch Resistance during World War II has any right to be this wildly entertaining, not to mention this provocative and potently erotic.
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Black Book takes the conventions of the WWII epic -- the prison breaks, the interrogation scenes -- and undermines them with craft and muscle and the ripe lack of restraint we've come to expect from this director.
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88

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
A hard-core war film with raw violence, intense action, graphic sexuality and a twisting plot that offers a series of surprises.
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80

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Black Book is its own kind of thriller. The film is filled with the genre's conventions -- suspense, betrayal, melodrama, violence, music -- and it's hugely enjoyable from start to finish.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
Van Houten, a veteran of European TV, is in almost every scene, and her energetic performance keeps Black Book percolating despite an overstuffed plot that strains credibility and often tips over into melodrama.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Black Book doesn't let the grim facts of the Holocaust get in the way of some ripping pulp.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Black Book may be the looniest use of the Holocaust as a playground since Roberto Benigni served up his infernal clown act in "Life Is Beautiful."
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63

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Like Stone in "Basic Instinct," van Houten has an audacity to match Verhoeven's. Hers is a role that Bette Davis would have killed Ingrid Bergman for, and she is so good in it that it seems only a matter of time before she'll star in a real Hollywood movie - as opposed to this pretender.
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71 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.