70

Variety

By Dennis Harvey
A satisfying wartime espionage drama focused on little-noted intersections between Arabic emigres and the French Resistance.
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70

The New York Times

By A.O. Scott
Hilali and Benghabrit were real people. Mr. Ferroukhi, who wrote the script with Alain-Michel Blanc, deftly interweaves their stories with the adventures of the fictional Younes, and so contributes a worthy and interesting chapter to the tradition of World War II dramas of conscience.
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67

The A.V. Club

It's an uplifting tale, if one that gets to a slow start and muddles through scenes of exposition for longer than seems necessary before finally getting to its sequences of action and suspense.
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63

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
As a French Resistance thriller, Free Men is so-so, but it is driven by a mischievously interesting idea: that Muslims and Jews have more in common than they normally allow.
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

Worth a look, though it's unfortunately a far too academic affair that never surges with the suspense of many a WWII drama.
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60

Time Out New York

By David Fear
Consider the movie a testament to Rahim's screen presence. If nothing else, Free Men proves that the can't-take-your-eyes-off-him charisma the Franco-Algerian actor displayed in Jacques Audiard's "A Prophet" was no fluke.
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58

Christian Science Monitor

The film benefits greatly from Rahim's subtle, effective performance.
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50

Slant Magazine

By Michael Nordine
For much of its runtime, the film is simply there, decent for the most part, but at no point immersive.
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50

Boston Globe

By Mark Feeney
Nobility with little pacing, imagination, or energy tends not to work too well on the screen. Rahim has the eyes of the young Mandy Patinkin. If only he had some of the wildness.
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50

Village Voice

Free Men never feels like a movie about a developing conscience, due largely to the shallowness of the protagonist as written and, by extension, Rahim's portrayal.
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58 out of 100
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