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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Critic Score: 47% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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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Jason Solomons
The Mail on Sunday (UK)

We might laugh, but Mikkelsen is so moody and magnificent we take him very seriously. That's part of the problem. Mikkelsen is too cool, too brooding and we never get behind his icy mask.

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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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Larushka Ivan-Zadeh
Metro (UK)

Arnaud des Pallières's dreary French costume drama might have been called Robin Hood And His Very Un-Merry Men.

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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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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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