Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi)
Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi) (2010)

After losing their family home in Algeria, three brothers are scattered across the globe. Messaoud joins the French army fighting in Indochina; Abdelkader becomes a leader of the Algerian independence movement; Saïd moves to Paris to make… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 3, 2010
DVD Release Date: August 2, 2011
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Critic Score: 76% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Calhoun
Time Out

It's a big, bold film defined by a reserved passion, a stately style and strong performances from its three leads.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

"Outside the Law" is an epic film about Algeria's fight for liberation from France, with three outstanding performances and a grand, sweeping feel.

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis

Ultimately, the common criminal has as much in common with the career soldier and the idealistic revolutionary . . . .

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

It's a ham-handed "issue" movie that preaches to the converted, but the mid-century threads look cool and those Coppola moments remain effective all these years later.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

A gripping French-Algerian coproduction that makes Algeria's epic struggle for independence from France look like a gangster movie.

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Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire

Outside The Law is a fairly run of the mill slice of historical action/crime-drama, but ironically one that has just enough story to sustain your attention, but all too little historical fact to truly deserve your it to begin with.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Think The Godfather II as told through France vs. Algeria tensions, and you have the essence of Rachid Bouchareb's vivid combo crime saga, action movie and historical drama.

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

The movie is impressively made but finally feels rote and, at 138 minutes, outstays its welcome.

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Graham Young
Birmingham Post

Part Western, part Godfather and with topical reflections of French colonialism meeting contemporary struggles for freedom in north Africa head-on, this is a thought-provoking film despite its over-ambitious nature.

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Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
"Outside the Law" starts on May 8,1945 as France celebrates its victory in World War II by brutally repressing a peaceful independence march in… More
Kyle S
Director Rachid Bouchareb follows up his 2006 Academy Award nominated "Days of Glory," with yet another masterwork of cinema. I think this is an even… More