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Max Manus: Man of War
The Norwegian historical crusader Max Manus -- who lived from 1914 to 1996 -- retains household name status among Scandinavians for his acts of daunting courage during the Second World War, but curiously, few non-historians outside of Northern Europe have heard of him. This adventure epic from co-directors Joachim Roenning and Espen Sandberg (Bandidas) represents the first mainstream effort to dramatize Manus' efforts in feature form with elaborate re-creations of his heroic exploits. The bulk of the action spans April 9, 1940 through May 8, 1945, or the period of Nazi Germany's… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A polished and large-scale production with some rousing action sequences, the movie is certainly watchable, though no one's going to call this exciting filmmaking."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"The destruction in Max Manus is elaborately staged by co-directors Espen Sandberg and Joachim Roenning..."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"The Euro-cultural tradition of canonizing Nazi resisters has met few candidates as challenging as Max Manus, a Norwegian saboteur and key member of the ragtag-guerilla Oslo Gang."
‑ Joseph Jon Lanthier, Slant Magazine
"A taut, captivating, well-acted and thrilling war film."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"An intense and intelligent war biopic about Norway's greatest Second World War saboteur."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"The film celebrates Max's fierce patriotism, but doesn't blink at the toll his heroics took."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Basically a slice of formulaic Hollywood-style mythmaking, writ large and woefully empty."
‑ Nick Schager, Time Out New York
"Enthalling and action-packed, it's understandably Norway's most successful film so far."
‑ Susan Granger,
"A strong cast, a bold visual sense with dynamic camera work and a propulsive story: They are the keys to a riveting film. Which Max Manus is from start to finish."
‑ Marshall Fine, Hollywood & Fine
"Directors Espen Sandberg and Joachim Ronning have not only crafted an enlightening biographical tale but a film, not unlike recent Oscar winner The Hurt Locker, that also conveys the addictive nature and ultimate futility of combat."
‑ Gavin Bond, Sunday Times (Australia)
"Has an old-fashioned sincerity that entertains without engaging."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"An epic by Scandinavian standards, Manus's period re-creation is lavish-but the too-polished rental décor doesn't create a living past."
‑ Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice
"Add to the impressive cannon of recent World War II resistance films, that include "Black Book," "Flame and Citron" and "Army of Crime," this engaging true story about a group of Norwegian freedom fighters--called the "Oslo Group"..."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"A conventional biopic lacking in passion but of great importance toward understanding the Norwegian resistance to Nazi occupation."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"Impressively directed, frequently exciting and powerfully emotional war thriller with a strong script and great performances."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
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