100

Empire

By David Parkinson
Has a vigour, a commitment and an intelligence that is absent from too much modern cinema.
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100

Baltimore Sun

By Michael Sragow
The movie is a marvel - bold, lucid and succinct (even at 123 minutes). It's also harrowing and moving in its depiction of noncombatant men, women and children caught between terrorism and counter-terrorism.
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100

Charlotte Observer

By Lawrence Toppman
The film's proudest boast is that nary a frame comes from documentary footage...Every riot, every explosion, every seemingly spontaneous gundown in the streets of Algiers was staged, then shot in black-and-white stock that intentionally echoes newsreel footage.
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100

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Like all masterpieces, it speaks to later ages as powerfully and intelligently as to its own.
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100

Miami Herald

By Marta Barber
An extraordinary movie that ruffled many feathers when it first came out. Almost 40 years later, it retains the poignancy it delivered back then. Its message is not lost in our present state of affairs.
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100

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The Battle of Algiers is a thinking person's action film in which there are winners -- but no heroes.
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100

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
It's a masterpiece.
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Nearly four decades ago, Pontecorvo anatomized the very form of modern terrorist warfare: the hidden cells, the cultish leaders, the brutish cycle of attack and counterattack.
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80

TV Guide

What makes the movie's power creditable is Pontecorvo's ability to present combatants on both sides as multidimensional, nonheroic human beings, even though it's obvious where the director's own sentiments lie. (Review of original release)
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

It's back in a handsome new black-and-white print, and it's still powerful stuff -- you can see why Pauline Kael wrote that it was "probably the only film that has ever made middle-class audiences believe in the necessity of bombing innocent people."
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94 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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