Black Book (Zwartboek)
Black Book (Zwartboek) (2007)

"Black Book" tells the moving story of a young Jewish woman who joins the Resistance in The Hague and gets entangled in a deadly web of double-dealing and betrayal. It is is an epic thriller of great courage and fierce… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 25, 2007
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87%



Critic Score: 76% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A furious mix of sex, violence, and moral relativism, Black Book is shamelessly entertaining melodrama.

Claudia Puig
USA Today

A hard-core war film with raw violence, intense action, graphic sexuality and a twisting plot that offers a series of surprises.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

The happy ending demands that [Verhoeven's] return-journey film -- Black Book -- be a rousing artistic triumph. It isn't. Too many of his lazy Hollywood habits have followed him home.

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Nick Rogers
Suite101.com

The handsomely mounted, heedlessly pulpy modernist World War II thriller that "The Good German" and "Valkyrie" failed to be - a dizzying rush of daring rescues, sexual intrigue, treachery, betrayal, gunfights, hasty conclusions and harrowing consequences.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Verhoeven never loses sight of the larger message -- that in those evil times, ordinary people were forced to do extraordinary, and even awful, things just to live long enough to tell their tale.

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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Insanely entertaining -- and often just plain insane -- World War II melodrama. You may hate yourself in the morning, but you'll have to admit Verhoeven gives you a lot of bang for your buck.

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

It's the last thing a Verhoeven film should be: tasteful

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Jonathan F. Richards
Film.com

Paul Verhoeven's WWII drama stars the lovely Dutch actress Carice van Houten as a Jewish Resistance worker, and costars her breasts. All three deserve awards consideration.

Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

Black Book doesn't let the grim facts of the Holocaust get in the way of some ripping pulp.

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Brian Holcomb
Beyond Hollywood

A slick, thrilling, trashy, melodramatic and serialesque soap opera adventure which conceals the complex tale of moral ambiguity beneath.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Paul Verhoeven has made some tremendous Science Fiction action films such as Robocop, Total Recall and Starship Troopers. With Black Book he does a significant… More
Jennifer Xu
I feel like it could have ended about 50 times. While it's sexy and dangerous and all that fun stuff, it did feel a trifle self-indulgent. I think… More
Apeneck Fletcher
Verhoeven's look at a Jewish/Dutch woman's survival through the Nazi occupation of Holland is nothing less than an out and out valentine to Nederland… More
danny d
the story was flawless and well executed, the cinematography was solid, and the actors were great. a solid tale of the french resistence to nazi rule, i was… More
Pierluigi Puccini
The good "Once upon a time in the nazi occupied... Holland" as Tarantino jokingly called his WW2 Leone wannabe revenge epic fiasco. Unlike him, Paul… More
familiar stranger
A mediocre first half followed by a relatively well second half..... except for the ending which was a tedious drag.

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