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Outside the Law

  NR Closed Captioning

Rachid Bouchareb

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About the Movie

Nominated for the 2011 Best Foreign Language Oscar, don't miss this acclaimed new film. After losing their family home in Algeria, three brothers and their mother are scattered across the globe. Messaoud joins the French army fighting in Indochina; Abdelkader becomes a leader of the Algerian independence movement in France and Saïd moves to Paris to make his fortune in the shady clubs and boxing halls of Pigalle. Gradually, their interconnecting destinies reunite them in the French capital, where freedom is a battle to be fought and won.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 41
  • Fresh: 31
  • Rotten: 10
  • Average Rating: 6.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: With its mixture of righteous politics and family turmoil, this didactic, unashamedly manipulative film wants to be something like a cross between Army of Shadows, Jean-Pierre Melville's 1969 classic of the French Resistance, and The Godfather. – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Nov 4, 2010

Fresh: Bouchareb's intensely dramatized, passionately partisan story of militancy in the struggle for Algerian independence from France after World War II makes effective use of Godfather storytelling theatrics. – Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, Nov 3, 2010

Fresh: Brings significant historical events memorably to life, largely through the galvanizing force of a trio of committed and thoughtful performances. – Richard Brody, New Yorker, Nov 22, 2010

Fresh: Extremely well-acted, suspenseful and produced on a lavish scale, "Outside the Law" may oversimplify the complex politics, but it's a worthy companion piece to "Army of Shadows." – Lou Lumenick, New York Post, Nov 5, 2010

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Customer Reviews


Elegiac yet triumphant. It was well enjoyed, Very interesting, sheds a great light on a time not well known, and highlights french colonialism in a very earthy fashion. The film had great realistic depth but lacked character completion. You would not understand why they click the way they do, but their passion nevertheless makes you want to watch further. Though if the story had a less matter-of-fact way of portraying its characters and the way they go around the movie, and had more depth as in "what made them become who they are" per se, would have just made it really amazing. I still enjoyed it, and found it better than the sordid flicks coming out of hollywood for the past few months.

Perfect movie

Perfect, entertaining film with historical background - certainly not "dull" !!!

Excellent movie!!

I recommend this film for people wanting more history and action