Germinal (1994)

Claude Berri's angry, ambitious epic, based on the 19th-century novel by Emile Zola, re-creates, as does the novel, the gut-wrenching poverty and the intense day-by-day struggles of striking French coal-miners in 1884 at the Voreux… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 30, 1994
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Deals with a mining strike in 19th century France and comes across as a poignant depiction of class warfare.

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Steve Rhodes
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An extremely moving tale that points to the ultimate hopelessness of the human condition.

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Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Big and impressive in its epic scope, Germinal nevertheless suffers from uneven acting, over-the-top histrionics and a constant dark and dour tone.

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Mike T.
A well-made historical epic filled with brutal reality and historical accuracy. Not the best of its genre, but quite entertaining and very informative.
Doctor Strangeblog
Vividly grim and grimy adaptation of the Emile Zola novel about unionization of French coal miners in the late 1800s. So realistic I contracted black lung from… More