Zemeckis ... seems uncertain whether to treat the tale as a wrenching saga of split loyalties or as a glamorous jaunt. Having gathered all the ingredients for derring-do, he forgets to turn up the heat, and the derring never does.
What a handsome empty shell of a movie Allied is. Despite the star power of Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard, their scenes together fail to ignite even a glimmer of a spark.
Its story and dialogue are so straightforward and comforting that even when you think you can hear the next beat coming-and you will-the finale still comes as a cathartic surprise.
They don't make 'em like they used to, except when they do.
Well THAT was different.
An old-fashioned film that slyly nods to contemporary sensibilities, "Allied" is an engaging showcase for Pitt and Cotillard.
Pitt and Cotillard aren't convincing as a couple, although she tries harder than he does. They're lost amidst the sandstorms and plane crashes that Zemeckis is so good at conjuring.
The characters are so marginally observed by both the actors and the script there is no tension in the themes.
"Allied" has plenty working in its favor, but a Hollywood classic it's not. It just looks like one.