Black Book (Zwartboek)
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A hard-core war film with raw violence, intense action, graphic sexuality and a twisting plot that offers a series of surprises."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"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."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"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."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"While gleefully turning all prior war movie stereotypes on their heads, Verhoeven opts for the bizarre theory that ravishing designing women and lots of sex can change the course of world history."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"It's engaging as an espionage thriller and as a story of courage and determination."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone,
"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."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"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."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"It's the last thing a Verhoeven film should be: tasteful"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"There are a lot of plot twists at the end of the film, maybe too many, but it will keep you guessing."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"(...) A uno le parece estar viendo más un detrás de cámaras que una película en serio, esperando que el director grite "corten" en cualquier momento y que el equipo aplauda por lo bien que salió la toma."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"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."
‑ Jonathan F. Richards,
"Black Book doesn't let the grim facts of the Holocaust get in the way of some ripping pulp."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"A slick, thrilling, trashy, melodramatic and serialesque soap opera adventure which conceals the complex tale of moral ambiguity beneath."
‑ Brian Holcomb, Beyond Hollywood
"Verhoeven simplesmente mantém sua obsessão habitual com sexo e violência (geralmente combinando os dois), mas sem qualquer sofisticação narrativa ou visual."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Mature WWII drama taps into base human instinct."
‑ S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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