• Released
  • December 31, 2008
  • R , 2 hr 16 min
  • Action/Adventure
  • 7,296 Fan Ratings


The perfect antidote to the post-holiday blues. It's exciting, well-acted, touching, and genuine.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Here, Jews are not victims of genocide, but victors in the organized resistance against it.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
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.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
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.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
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.
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By Bob Mondello
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.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
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.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
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.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
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.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Depressingly predictable in its dialogue and dramatic beats, Defiance is most interesting as a study of unlikely leaders.
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58 out of 100
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