The Battle of Algiers (La Battaglia di Algeri)
The Battle of Algiers (La Battaglia di Algeri) (1967)

This highly political film about the Algerian struggle for independence from France took "Best Film" honors at the 1966 Venice Film Festival. The bulk of the film is shot in flashback, presented as the memories of Ali (Brahim… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 20, 1967
DVD Release Date: September 21, 2004
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Critic Score: 99% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A powerful, documentary-like examination of the response to an occupying force, The Battle of Algiers hasn't aged a bit since its release in 1966.

Eric Hynes
Village Voice

It uses realism as an effect, documentary as a style. You feel that you're really there, and you can't help but be moved.

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

Essential viewing.

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Ray Pride

illo Pontecorvo's fictional documentary classic of the mechanics of terrorism and counterterrorism is a tense, crack thriller and one of the greatest films to draw a portrait of both sides of urban conflict.

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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club

It neither demonizes nor lionizes either side of the conflict, aiming for just-the-ugly facts objectivity. Nobody who sees it is likely to feel comforted, or even vindicated. The emotion it most frequently and fervently inspires is sorrow.

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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly

Both a how-to manual for guerrilla terrorism and a cautionary tale about how to fight it. It's also quite possibly the finest war film ever made.

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Harold Clurman
The Nation

Its content has classic and tragic dimensions beyond politics.

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Justin Chang
Los Angeles Times

The film is not just a relentlessly gripping entertainment but also a cinematic Rorschach blot, a moral miasma that tosses our sympathies this way and that.

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Variety Staff

It's a dedicated effort with importance as a 'document.'

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Glenn Heath Jr.
Slant Magazine

The film establishes a kinetic documentary effect, making the impact of every shoot-out and explosion a deeply personal experience.

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Flixster Audience Score: 95% Flixster User Reviews
Bruce Bruce
Spine Number 249 from the Criterion Collection. The Battle of Algiers" is a film that everyone should see. It presents the historical account of the… More
Conner Rainwater
While it is a visually amazing movie, everything else seems to be in a sense of disarray. The plot was over obvious and sold to you like a used car salesman and… More
Reid Volk
Absolutely riveting. There seem to always be a batch of films that no matter how old they are, they never lose their edge. The Battle of Algiers is one of those… More
Ken Stachnik
The Paul Greengrass crib sheet. Great Ennio Morricone score
Randy Tippy
It's been said that movies, unlike any other art form, transcend space and time and transport us somewhere else. Movies can promote empathy and can make us… More
danny d
strirring and perfect from start to finish. although difficult to watch, it is at the same time one of the more beautiful films ever made. non traditional for… More

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