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The perfect antidote to the post-holiday blues. It's exciting, well-acted, touching, and genuine. Read full review
Here, Jews are not victims of genocide, but victors in the organized resistance against it. Read full review
Zwick offers excitingly staged moments, but once you get past the novelty of WWII Jews acting this heroically macho, Defiance bogs down in a not very well-developed script. Read full review
For all the film's flaws, this is a war story told with passion about a band of brothers that still has the power to inspire. Read full review
The tale of the resistance movement in Belorussia is undeniably inspiring and ideally suited for a cinematic rendering. But Defiance resists bold, passionate storytelling and delivers something rather conventional. Read full review
It's an inspiring story, if one that doesn't need quite as much poetic inspiration as Ed Zwick's movie insists on giving it, with dialogue that's too often ornate and parable-inflected. Read full review
That butting of heads, as performed by actors as strong and soulful as Craig and Schreiber, lends Defiance an emotional charge, even as the film itself struggles dramatically to find its way out of those woods. Read full review
Craig, far from James Bond but still swaggering, makes a leathery, craggy commander, and Schreiber - who'll show his full-on action chops this summer in the Hugh Jackman "Wolverine" movie - is tough but sullen. Yet all this old-style moviemaking doesn't always pay off. Read full review
As a drama - an epic drama, no less, clocking in at 137 minutes - its fascination is diffused, and the movie becomes something of a long slog. Read full review
Depressingly predictable in its dialogue and dramatic beats, Defiance is most interesting as a study of unlikely leaders. Read full review
Bullets in Nazi skulls!
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