Age of the Uprising
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An epic drama set in 16th century France against a backdrop of feudalism in decline, AGE OF UPRISING: THE LEGEND MICHAEL KOHLHAAS stars Mads Mikkelsen (A ROYAL AFFAIR, VALHALLA RISING, Hannibal) as a well-to-do horse merchant who resorts to fanatical and violent extremes to obtain justice after a nobleman openly and illegally humiliates him by stealing two of his horses. Adapted from Heinrich von Kleist's novella, a classic of German Romanticism, MICHAEL KOHLHAAS was previously adapted for film in 1969 by Volker Schlöndorff and served as the inspiration for E.L. Doctorow's Ragtime. (c)… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

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"The film is almost monotonously somber, though not in a bad way -- when it erupts into violence or settles briefly into moments of intimacy, the shift in tone can be surprising, even invigorating."
‑ Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
"It's a strong story of lonely, even futile righteousness, which makes the plodding execution by director Arnaud des Pallierès somewhat mystifying."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"Des Pallières also hears his historical era: the richly detailed sound design, of jostles and clanks and wind, compensates partially for the film's often deliberate pace."
‑ Ray Pride, Newcity
"Those seeking bloodletting and savagery will be disappointed... Let it be said that Age of Uprising will test the limits of moviegoers who are not prepared for the deliberate way this revenge tale is handled."
‑ Colin Biggs, Movie Mezzanine
"[Kohlhaas'] refusal to place himself above the law, even after he learns its ineffectuality firsthand, is what gives the tale its tragic, fable-like resonance."
‑ Chris Klimek, The Dissolve
"It can be quite powerful on the rare occasions when it allows raw emotion to make its way to the surface."
‑ Mike D'Angelo, AV Club
"This muted approach robs the film of sorely needed momentum, but offers a rare opportunity for contemplation, a trade-off that only occasionally satisfies."
‑ Rob Staeger, Village Voice
"Beautifully shot, well-acted, and respectful to a fault, Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas is often left inert by its weighty meditations."
‑ Sam Woolf, We Got This Covered
"Medieval mumblecore. And social conflict as secondary to the scenery in this dramatic momentum-free travelogue, a treat solely for arty snobs and couch potato political dilettantes. Poverty porn as high art, and most memorable, a pregnant horse in labor."
‑ Prairie Miller, Critical Women
"Come to it with a certain moviegoing flexibility, and the effort will expose a wealth of technical triumphs and emotional substance."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"The severely beautiful film is painted in a dauntingly austere manner, as if lost in a war against itself, with confrontations underplayed and the rural landscapes making more of an impression than the detoured drama."
‑ Nicolas Rapold, New York Times
"Succeeds neither as a decent adaptation of the book nor as a rewarding movie in its own right ... Dullness prevails."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Silly critics expected "Braveheart" when it was more like Ingmar Bergman's "Virgin Spring". Ignore the shallow minds; this is a serious art film worthy of your attention if you have an IQ over 80."
‑ Louis Proyect,
"Without a character to connect with it all amounts to nothing but a poor man's Braveheart, minus that film's vigorous battle sequences."
‑ Travis Hopson,
"A little dull, but beautifully shot and acted."
‑ Chris Bumbray, JoBlo's Movie Emporium
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