• Released
  • April 6, 2012
  • (Limited)
  • R , 1 hr 31 min
  • Action/Adventure
  • 1 Fan Rating
75

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
So gripping and focused that it easily bests Hollywood movies with 50 times its budget.
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70

Village Voice

Taut, forceful, ritualistic, and all those other flattering adjectives applied to thrillers that actually thrill, this skyjacking docudrama showcases yet another genre (in addition to shock horror) the French are kicking our asses in.
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63

Slant Magazine

The Assault raises many more questions than it answers, and its overall objective is puzzling and remains shrouded in political agenda.
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60

Variety

The tense buildup to a blazing, if generic, rescue is the most satisfying part of The Assault, a stylized combo of action and drama from Julien Leclercq.
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58

The A.V. Club

Brisk and technically efficient, The Assault is a dull film based on a real event that certainly wasn't.
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50

The New York Times

By Jeannette Catsoulis
In place of emotional stakes, we get gleaming, stylized, occasionally slow-motion violence, filmed in such extreme close-ups and cramped spaces that it's impossible to differentiate gunman and victim.
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40

Time Out New York

By David Fear
Despite toggling among the three characters' story lines, the film is barely concerned with the who, what or where of the incidents, much less a deeper why. It simply wants to milk this real-life example of courage (and chaos) under fire for multiplex thrills, reducing everything to a cheap adrenaline rush set to a pulsing soundtrack.
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55 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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