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Outside the Law

Crime, Drama, History

A drama about the Algerian struggle for independence from France after WWII.

The critical consensus

With the timing of this film’s release coinciding with the revolutions occurring in Algeria itself, as well as neighbouring Libya, Morocco and other nations, it’s perhaps the most relevant and germane film we will see for some time.

****(*)Andrew, TV Bomb, 29/04/2011

Controversial and contended it may be in France, but whatever your stance this is another thrilling and thoughtful slice of history from the Days Of Glory director.

****(*)Philip Wilding, Empire Online, 02/05/2011

A tiring, didactic manipulation of history.

Tom Seymour, Little White Lies, 05/05/2011

Had it been able to shake off its aura of feel-good historical determinism it would deserve to be cited alongside a movie it sometimes resembles: Melville’s 1969 Army of Shadows.

***(*)(*)Sukhdev Sandhu, The Telegraph, 05/05/2011

It's overlong and a little over-indulgent, but given current events in north Africa, there's an unanticipated resonance to it.

***(*)(*)Steve Rose, The Guardian, 05/05/2011

When it's not busy reminding viewers of other, better films (one scene in particular feels like a direct lift from The Godfather), Outside the Law is a reasonably compelling drama.

***(*)(*)Philip Concannon, The Skinny, 09/05/2011

Rachid Bouchareb offers a gripping insight into the Algerian independence struggle through the lives of three brothers.

Philip French, The Observer, 08/05/2011

Exciting but one-sided, Bouchareb’s film is a Melville-lite study of honour among dangerous men.

***(*)(*)Sam Wigley, Total Film, 10/05/2011

Bouchareb deserves credit for making such complex story as accessible as he does.

***(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 15/05/2011

Terrific performances, taut script, and some thrilling set pieces.

****(*)Alison Rowat, The Herald, 19/05/2011

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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