Right of the Weakest
Right of the Weakest (2006)

French helmer Lucas Belvaux's The Right of the Weakest - a stark kitchen sink drama with occasional and unpredictable flashes of humor - meditates on the question of when to resign oneself to a sad fate and when to buck the system, even… More

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DVD Release Date: December 18, 2007
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Critic Score: 70% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Lisa Nesselson

Consistently engaging account of decent folks scraping by in a former steel town builds suspense with a keen eye and a sharp ear for the pride of workers who no longer have work.

Martin Hoyle
Financial Times

The downbeat mood convinces. What might have been tedious becomes an involving and nail-biting thriller.

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Tom Dawson

This solidly acted film struggles to balance its portrait of life amongst the have-nots in contemporary Liege with the melodramatic aspects of a crime thriller.

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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter

A misguided blasphemy of "Bicycle Thief," downloaded through film-noir affectations, this Competition Entrant is morally specious and narratively nonsensical.

Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)

Dour and schematic drama about disenfranchised factory workers.

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Tom Dawson
Total Film

Belvaux's sympathies for his marginalised subjects are beyond doubt; the film's at its best when observing how the characters' lives are constrained by their environments (adroitly captured by the widescreen lensing).

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

The film, in the end, as solidly good as it is, rings a bit hollow, feels a little pointlessly bleak. The last sparks of the steel furnace where Robert and Jean-Pierre used to work have faded, and all that's left is for life to grind itself down.

Peter Bradshaw

Underwhelming heist film in which a likable group of unemployed Belgian steel workers plot an armed robbery over their daily card game.

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Anna Smith

Don't come here looking for laughs: the conclusion is sobering stuff.

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