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Black Book(Zwartboek)

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Netherlands, Germany, United Kingdom · 2006
Rated R · 2h 25m
Director Paul Verhoeven
Starring Carice van Houten, Sebastian Koch, Thom Hoffman, Halina Reijn
Genre Drama, Thriller, War

In the Nazi-occupied Netherlands during World War II, a young Jewish singer narrowly escapes death. Determined to help the Dutch resistance, she goes undercover to seduce a Gestapo officer, only to find herself falling, too.

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USA Today by Claudia Puig

A hard-core war film with raw violence, intense action, graphic sexuality and a twisting plot that offers a series of surprises.


Variety by Derek Elley

Moves like an express train across almost 2½ hours without any sense of rush and with strong, empathetic characters etched en route.


Premiere by Glenn Kenny

Black Book is Verhoeven's best film since "RoboCop": audacious, smart, shamelessly entertaining.


Village Voice by J. Hoberman

Black Book, which takes its title from a secret list of Dutch collaborators, is an impressively old-fashioned yet fashionably embittered movie.


Los Angeles Times by Kenneth Turan

As epic as its two-hours-and-25-minute running time indicates, Black Book is as subversive as it is traditional, both enamored of conventional notions of heroism and frankly contemptuous of them.


TV Guide Magazine by Maitland McDonagh

While Rachel's story is fiction, many of its incidents are rooted in historical events carefully researched by Soeteman and the film's briskly staged action and stunning reversals of fortune ensure that its two and a half hours fly by.


Rolling Stone by Peter Travers

Just for starters, no movie about the Dutch Resistance during World War II has any right to be this wildly entertaining, not to mention this provocative and potently erotic.


The Hollywood Reporter by Ray Bennett

It succeeds on almost all fronts. The epic film is a high-octane adventure rooted in fact with a raft of arresting characters, big action sequences and twists and turns galore.

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