• Released
  • March 16, 2012
  • (Limited)
  • 1 hr 39 min
  • Drama
  • 1 Fan Rating
Synopsis: An Algerian emigrant in Paris joins the French Resistance when he befriends a Jewish man.

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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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50

Village Voice

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Free Men never feels like a movie about a developing conscience, due largely to the shallowness of the protagonist as written and, by...
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