Special Forces
Special Forces (2012)

In Stéphane Rybojad's Special Forces, war correspondent Elsa Cassanova (Diane Kruger) is taken hostage by the Taliban. Faced with her imminent execution, a Special Forces unit is dispatched to free her. In some of the worlds' most… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 12, 2012
DVD Release Date: February 18, 2013
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Critic Score: 15% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

If you turned the sound off and removed the subtitles, you might actually think you were watching an old Hollywood shoot-'em-up.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

An uneven effort ...

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Todd Jorgenson

Stephane Rybojad has seen too many Hollywood action movies, because the director of this overwrought and borderline laughable French war film copies many of them.

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Andy Webster
New York Times

"Special Forces" aims to inspire but ends up wallowing in melodrama.

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Chris Packham
Village Voice

Could have been hilariously subversive if director Stéphane Rybojad had pushed it further.

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Chris Sawin

Predictable and run of the mill with terrible music and the most generic editing around, Special Forces feels like it lasts the 11 days it chronicles.

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

It's not only Americans who can make leaden, video game-style exercises in dumb war action.

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Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers

"Special Forces" has nothing constructive to say about bravery or the conflict in Afghanistan. It's just mindless action, and boring to boot.

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Maitland McDonagh
Film Journal International

Imagine Saving Private Ryan relocated to Afghanistan and Pakistan and you have the gist of first-time feature filmmaker Stéphane Rybojad's actioner about the rescue of a French journalist marked for death by the Taliban.

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Flixster Audience Score: 51% Flixster User Reviews
Al S
It's solid entertainment. An action movie that almost hits all the right notes. A fantastic men-on-a-mission action flick with great characters and… More
Stuart Brooks
Enjoyed it, nthing spectacular but a lot better than some yank glory hunting version