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The Exception

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United Kingdom, United States · 2017
Rated R · 1h 47m
Director David Leveaux
Starring Lily James, Jai Courtney, Eddie Marsan, Christopher Plummer
Genre Drama, War

A German soldier investigates if the Dutch resistance has planted a spy to infiltrate the home of Kaiser Wilhelm in Holland during the onset of World War II. However, his investigation takes an unexpected turn after he falls for a young Jewish-Dutch woman working in the house.

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The New York Times by A.O. Scott

The Exception is a diverting and occasionally exciting film, though it is rarely disturbing or thought-provoking in ways the material might require.


TheWrap by Dave White

Whatever nuance existed in the original novel, whatever detail regarding the complicated emotional existence of actual human beings, is reduced here to not-quite-suspenseful-enough plot points and an impossible forbidden romance that makes almost no sense.


Paste Magazine by Jacob Oller

The film never quite achieves the level of fevered hurry for which it aims—sometimes due to its often trite, on-the-nose dialogue and sometimes to the stilted delivery of said dialogue.


Los Angeles Times by Kenneth Turan

"Exception" breaks no new ground but it is a solidly done and always engrossing piece of alternate history, mixing real people and events with fictional ones.

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