Black Book Synopsis
A Jewish resistance worker falls in love with a Gestapo officer.
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By Glenn Kenny
Black Book is Verhoeven's best film since "RoboCop": audacious, smart, shamelessly entertaining.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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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...
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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...
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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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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...
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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...
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By swimmaster
Run, do not walk to see this absolutely spellbinding, riveting film! This movie has it all: betrayal, plot twists, humor, murder, mistaken identities, sex, and dazzling courage in the face of...

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By Obidiahv21
Black Book Shines. Evil is not an entity that exists subjectively, in the 'other' person. Evil and Good exist in each of us and our decisions have moral implications that cause great sorrow or joy...

Like a good ol' WWII spy movie

By Igotothemoviesalot
Dutch entry for the past Academy Awards and way better than winner The Lives of Others. A Jewish girl joins the Dutch Resistance and infiltrates the Nazis. Lots of twists and turns and...

Respectably corny

By Jeff Fries
A drama about a Jewish woman in the resistance during the Nazi occupation of Holland, by the director of Showgirls. Almost nothing but sex and lurid melodrama from start to finish, but I appreciated...

Black Book:One of the Best of 2007

By Moviedude
Black Book,I can tell you now,will be on my list for the top ten movies of 2007.this was one of my more favorite moviegoing experiences so far this year.I loved this movie.There was plenty of...

Verhoeven's Best Film

By Hoppercool
"Black Book" isn't a masterpiece, but it's easily Paul Verhoeven's best film, and it's a well-told story. Entertaining and thought provoking, and maybe just a tad too long....

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By MrPaul
Extremely well done. Does an excellent job of dipicting the complexities of human character....

Passable thriller

By RandytheMovieFan
Interesting take on the standard W.W. 2 spy thriller, told from a fresh point of view with great production values and a gorgeous star. Was worth checking out on a rainy afternoon....

Wonderfully Cynical Homage

By angel3542
Paul Verhoeven is back at what he does best-comic cynicism, character development, action and graphic violence. This homage to WWII spy movies begins with a woman saying grace- then the killing...

Great movie...

By copperalex
One of the best i have seen this year...

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Rated R | For some strong violence, graphic nudity, sexuality and language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Mature WWII drama taps into base human instinct.
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