In the darkest days of World War II, a Dutch Resistance cell enlists a sexy spy (Carice van Houten) to go undercover inside a Nazi strongholdwhere she discovers that the enemy is all too human.
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Fresh: Stout-hearted celebration of the Dutch Resistance or total smut? Try both.
- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Friday, April 20, 2007
Fresh: Pushes all sorts of envelopes -- political, historical and erotic -- against the sanctified background of the Nazi Holocaust, hitherto unthinkable as the linchpin of a lively melodrama like Black Book.
- Andrew Sarris, New York Observer, Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Verhoeven's look at a Jewish/Dutch woman's survival through the Nazi occupation of Holland is nothing less than an out and out valentine to Nederland herself, a knife cutting both ways about what it takes to survive, the sacrifices made, and living with yourself afterwards. I loved it.
- ApeneckFletcher, Saturday, July 28, 2012
The good "Once upon a time in the nazi occupied... Holland" as Tarantino jokingly called his WW2 Leone wannabe revenge epic fiasco. Unlike him, Paul Verhoeven wrote a better screenplay, intense and twisty, and his execution has much of what he is famous for, sex and violence showed in a fun, unashamed manner.
- pier007, Saturday, June 30, 2012