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Wartime spy-vs-spy tale Allied misses the target, says Eli Glasner

Two of moviedom's biggest stars today — Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard — star in Allied, a Second World War, spy-versus-spy story about dazzling surfaces and deception. But ultimately, it's missed opportunity, says CBC's Eli Glasner.

Brad Pitt portrays a Canadian intelligence officer working deep cover

About dazzling surfaces and deception, Allied stars Brad Pitt as a dashing Canadian spy. But there's beautiful and there's believable, with this film feeling more like a missed opportunity, says Eli Glasner. 4:11
Two of moviedom's biggest stars today — Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard — star in Allied, a Second World War, spy-versus-spy story about dazzling surfaces and deception.

But there's beautiful — and then there's believable. And despite the star power, glossy look and interesting premise, Allied feels like a missed opportunity from director Robert Zemeckis and screenwriter Steven Knight.

Watch Eli Glasner's full review in the video above.

Allied is a Second World War, spy-versus-spy tale about dazzling surfaces and deception, says CBC's Eli Glasner. (Paramount Pictures)
Go for the clothes, the setting and the first half, but go now because this frothy story won't be waging any battles come Oscar season.

RATING: 3 out of 5 stars.

Marion Cotillard portrays a French Resistance fighter opposite Brad Pitt's Canadian intelligence operative in the new film Allied. (Daniel Smith/Paramount Pictures/Associated Press)

About the Author

Eli Glasner

Entertainment reporter and film critic

Eli Glasner is a national entertainment reporter and film critic for CBC News. Each Friday he reviews films on CBC News Network as well as appearing on CBC radio programs coast to coast. Covering culture has taken him from the northern tip of Moosonee, Ont. to the Oscars red carpet.