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  • 60
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Worth a look, though it's unfortunately a far too academic affair that never surges with the suspense of many a WWII drama. show more

  • 63
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    As a French Resistance thriller, Free Men is so-so, but it is driven by a mischievously interesting idea: that Muslims and Jews have more in common than they normally allow. show more

  • 50
    Mark Feeney Boston Globe

    Nobility with little pacing, imagination, or energy tends not to work too well on the screen. Rahim has the eyes of the young Mandy Patinkin. If only he had some of the wildness. show more

  • 50
    Michael Nordine Slant Magazine

    For much of its runtime, the film is simply there, decent for the most part, but at no point immersive. show more

  • 60
    David Fear Time Out New York

    Consider the movie a testament to Rahim's screen presence. If nothing else, Free Men proves that the can't-take-your-eyes-off-him charisma the Franco-Algerian actor displayed in Jacques Audiard's "A Prophet" was no fluke. show more

  • 70
    A.O. Scott The New York Times

    Hilali and Benghabrit were real people. Mr. Ferroukhi, who wrote the script with Alain-Michel Blanc, deftly interweaves their stories with the adventures of the fictional Younes, and so contributes a worthy and interesting chapter to the tradition of World War II dramas of conscience. show more

  • 70
    Dennis Harvey Variety

    A satisfying wartime espionage drama focused on little-noted intersections between Arabic emigres and the French Resistance. show more

  • 50
    Village Voice

    Free Men never feels like a movie about a developing conscience, due largely to the shallowness of the protagonist as written and, by extension, Rahim's portrayal. show more

  • 67
    The A.V. Club

    It's an uplifting tale, if one that gets to a slow start and muddles through scenes of exposition for longer than seems necessary before finally getting to its sequences of action and suspense. show more

  • 58
    Christian Science Monitor

    The film benefits greatly from Rahim's subtle, effective performance. show more

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