Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas
Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas (2014)

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… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: May 30, 2014
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Consensus: Age of the Uprising is well-acted and skillfully composed; unfortunately, it crawls along too slowly to take advantage of its finer qualities.

Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

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.

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

It's a strong story of lonely, even futile righteousness, which makes the plodding execution by director Arnaud des Pallierès somewhat mystifying.

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Ray Pride

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.

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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club

It can be quite powerful on the rare occasions when it allows raw emotion to make its way to the surface.

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Rob Staeger
Village Voice

This muted approach robs the film of sorely needed momentum, but offers a rare opportunity for contemplation, a trade-off that only occasionally satisfies.

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Sam Woolf
We Got This Covered

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.

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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times

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.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Succeeds neither as a decent adaptation of the book nor as a rewarding movie in its own right ... Dullness prevails.

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Louis Proyect

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.

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