75

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
A bittersweet world, and it's frankly one to which we've been before, but seldom do we see it rendered with such exquisite, if pained, craftsmanship.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
The film mixes unashamed kitsch, thrilling airfight scenes and dark historical drama. But what gives it a special charge is its portrait of the Czech RAF group: what happened to them before, during and after the war.
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75

Miami Herald

By Marta Barber
Dark Blue World's warm story and beautiful photography almost hits the mark, and it has a great ending.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Dark Blue World is "Pearl Harbor" without the product placements, without the Hollywood bombast, and certainly without the $100-million-plus budget.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Bob Graham
A crackerjack combination of live action, special effects and recycled footage.
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63

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Has some terrific aerial sequences and exciting dogfights. But the clichés in the script by Zdenek Sverak (the director's father) keep the film firmly grounded when the action's not aloft.
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60

Film Threat

It's hardly a foreign film; this is our common history, and it's a film well worth looking out for.
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50

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
It's the banal romantic triangle that inspired Sverak ("Kolya"), who obviously didn't see "Pearl Harbor" in time to stop himself.
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50

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
"Kolya" was as emotionally authentic and original as Dark Blue World is derivative and not compelling.
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50

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The aerial-dogfight scenes, which are beautiful and shot through with jittery panic, are notable for not being staged for videogame kicks.
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56 out of 100
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