(2003)

Critic Reviews

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Metascore

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75
A well-deserved 2003 Oscar nominee for best foreign-language film.
75
Philadelphia Inquirer
The story is as basic as a peasant meal - and just as hearty.
75
New York Daily News
Zelary succeeds as moving indictment of war.
75
Well acted, handsomely photographed, a bit too long.
70
The Hollywood Reporter
The story feels a bit more episodic as it proceeds, but for most of the two-hour running time it flows at an earthbound tempo, thanks to Trojan's assured, unobtrusive direction.
63
This is just humble, heartwarming storytelling with good acting and lush visuals.
63
Miami Herald
As a war drama, Zelary is as gentle and pastoral as its setting. At times, you think it's a new chapter in "The Sound of Music."
63
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
A trite but sturdy offering, a showcase for popular young Czech actress Anna Geislerova, as well as the beautiful Moravian countryside, shot in glowing earthy tones.
50
New York Post
It's rather sweet and life-affirming, although the transformation from sophisticate to peasant happens too conveniently and quickly.
50
Charlotte Observer
A well-intentioned but overlong Czech drama that comes apart completely in the last 20 minutes?

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