Defiance Synopsis
Three brothers battle against the Nazis.
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Premiere

The perfect antidote to the post-holiday blues. It's exciting, well-acted, touching, and genuine.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Here, Jews are not victims of genocide, but victors in the organized resistance against it.
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67

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...
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63

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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63

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...
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60

NPR

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...
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60

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...
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60

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...
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50

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...
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50

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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DEFIANCE - tight action/suspense/thriller. GRADE: A

By MOVIES REVIEWER
Last week I attended the advance press screening of this stupendous WW2 movie inspired by a true story. Initially, I thought it was going to be another senseless shoot-em-up blood-splatter flick...

Defiance

By HiYen1323
Defiance was a heart pounding and heartwarming movie. Daniel Craig is phenomenal, Liev Schreiber exceptional and Jamie Bell Brilliant, The story of three brothers overcoming the odds of Nazi...

Unsung heroes

By dancastle
I was invited to see this film a month ago at the Museum of Jewish Heritage with the director (Zwick) and the Belski family as well as 200 other partisan fighters and their families. I was curious to...

outstanding and totally authentic

By MALKA21
AS A DAUGHTER OF A JEWISH PARTISAN, AND HEARING MY FATHER STORIES, THIS MOVIE IS SO AUTHENTIC AND TRUE THE DETAIL IS JUST AMAZING, ACTING OUTSTANDING ACCENT PERFECT NOTHING IS OVER THE TOP, JUST THE...

DEFIANCE

By raycharlesfreak
THIS STORY HAD NOT BEEN TOLD IN FILM UNTIL NOW, AS MANY HOLOCAUST EXPERIENCES HAVE NOT BEEN, NOR NEVER WILL BE COMMITTED TO FILM OR BOOK. ANYTIME WE CAN SEE WILL AND DETERMINATION OVERCOME EVIL, IT...

Defiance?

By Panopticon
I thought this movie was about the defiance of Palestinians who are trapped and starved like rats in a huge outdoor prison called Gaza, and their uncompromising resistance to their systematic...

Defiance

By yoli4u
I thought the movie was great. Definitely, worth seeing. Action, inspirational and a fully developed story....

“DEFIANCE” – IS IT BETTER TO SAVE PEOPLE OR TRY FOR REVENGE?

By jimchudnow
Please don’t be put-off by the fact this is another movie about the Nazis in World War II. It’s essentially based on certain true episodes about the 4 Bielski brothers who escaped into a forest in...

defiance

By jcwsr1
I loved this movie. I think that Mr Craig did a very go job no this true story of the 1940'S The whole cast did a wondful job. I would tell all my frinds to go and see this movie. ...

2 hours of cliche

By thermopylae
How many times can someone watch something that fulfills the word "cliche"... is what the writer, director and producers must have been thinking. I bet the actors had full trust in the director when...

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Rated R | For violence and language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 16+ Brave brothers risk all in brutal, graphic WWII epic.
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