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Valkyrie

  • Rated PG13
  • HD and SD formats available

drama, thrillers


At the absolute height of World War II, German generals hatch a daring plan to assassinate Adolf Hitler and effectively render the German war machine impotent.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    62%
  • Audience Score
    65%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 14
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
1 out of 5
Violence
4 out of 5

Tense, violent WWII thriller offers lots to talk about.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this tense World War II thriller based on a true story includes plenty of unflinchingly realistic, bloody violence (both on and off the battlefield), as well as several on-screen executions. The film includes extensive discussion of -- and assumes a certain familiarity with -- the crimes and history of Nazi Germany and could lead to lots of discussion with teens about topics like ethics, following orders, and more. Expect some swearing, drinking, and smoking.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the film's central conflict between political decisions, military procedure, and ethical imperatives. While the men who plotted to kill Hitler were guilty of treason, were they working toward a greater good? Do their ends justify their means? How would the second World War have gone differently if they (or someone else) had succeeded in assassinating Hitler? Families can also discuss the film's use of American and English actors to play German citizens -- a Hollywood tradition, to be sure, but also a curious phenomenon. Does it make the movie less believable? Why or why not?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    62%
    reviews counted: 31
    see all Valkyrie reviews
  • Audience

    65%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: The problem is not that we know the outcome. The problem is the buildup.

- Anthony Lane, New Yorker, Monday, December 29, 2008

Fresh: There are some powerful moments and it's] an interesting true story.

- Ben Lyons, At the Movies, Monday, December 29, 2008

Rotten: Everybody is I think is good in the film, except Tom Cruise.

- Ben Mankiewicz, At the Movies, Monday, December 29, 2008

Audience Reviews

4 stars

a really good world war 2 movie about a team of nazis who devise a plan to kill hitler. B+

- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Thursday, July 29, 2010

3 stars

Valkyrie is an awesome, action war drama that puts to light one of the most ambitious coups during the reign of the Nazis during the second World War. Though a flawed film, Valkyrie is a suspenseful film and is very well acted. People seem to give this film bad press because of Tom Cruise's involvement in the project. He gives performance and this is one of his best since The Last Samurai. However many film goers judge Cruise's casting due to the fact that he's a Scientologist. Just because he's part of a cult doesn't make his performance suffer. A well made and told film about the July 20th 1944 plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler, Valkyrie is a terrific Thriller and will keep you on the edge of your seat. But if you feel like you'll hate this film, watch the film Der Untergang (Downfall) about the last ten days of Adolf Hitler's life. Despite all it's flaws, Valkyrie is still a pretty good history lesson, and may spark an interested in reading on the actual event.

- TheDudeLebowski65, Thursday, June 17, 2010

3 stars

Anyone who has seen The Desert Fox will be familiar with this story, but instead of concentrating on Rommel, it examines the role of Claus Von Stauffenberg in the plot to assassinate Hitler after many of his officers began to question not only his tactics but his sanity. The theme of the two films is actually very similar; to show that not all of the German military or its people were Nazis, and there were some who were willing to sacrifice their lives to try and stop him. For me the most interesting part of the film takes place after the bombing when a plan is implemented to take over Berlin and I had no idea how far it went into effect and how close it came to succeeding; I can't help but wonder how different the world would be now if Olbricht had shown a bit more backbone or the meeting hadn't been moved to an outside location. From a technical point of view, it's unsurprisingly very solid, with classy direction from Bryan Singer and quality performances all round, although as usual it is very difficult to divorce tiny Tom from his screen persona. In all it's a very interesting history lesson that inevitably suffers from the fact that we all know how the story is going to play out and suffers in comparison to the gut wrenching intensity of Downfall. A good, solid war film nonetheless.

- garyX, Thursday, May 30, 2013