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Valkyrie Review Critics


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  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    A World War II thriller without enough thrills.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Once the plotters plunge into action, though, Valkyrie becomes both an exciting thriller and a useful history lesson.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Singer has crafted a fine film. One just wishes for greater details -- and a different ending.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The mechanics of the actual plot are pretty amazing. Singer has assembled a top-notch international cast.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Tom Cruise is perfectly satisfactory, if not electrifying, in the leading role.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

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.

  • 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?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Extensive discussion of the evils of Nazi Germany, as well as of concepts like treason and ethics. Discussion of the difference between political decisions, military orders, and ethical obligations. Discussion of the Holocaust. The film's protagonist is seen wearing a crucifix and praying.

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence: Extensive violence, including war action, bombings, and shootings; near the end of the film, several men are executed on camera by firing squad, hanging, or other means. A bomb is set off in a small meeting room. A man commits suicide with a grenade. A character prepares a suicide capsule as a back-up plan when confronted. Bleeding and bloody wounds. Soem shots of wounded soldiers. Other shots of the lead character's mutilated body and hand with missing fingers. Some shots of a wounded eye in a healed state. Discussion of torture.

  • sex false1

    Sex: Some kissing. A statue with nude breasts is seen.

  • language false3

    Language: Language includes one use of "f---ng." Other words include "bastard," the ethnic slur "dago," and "whore."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Extensive, historically accurate smoking. Characters also drink hard alcohol and champagne.