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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
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
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
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