Sam Thielman, reviewing it for World, writes:
More than any film I've seen this year, Defiance is a rich experience for grown-up religious conservatives. Between the brotherly bickering over which Bible story they're acting out ("Vengeance is mine—who said that, Tuvia?" demands the restless Zus as he goes off to do God's work for Him) and the layered, clever Mosaic imagery, movie buffs who know their Bible are likelier to have a good time at Defiance than anyone else. In particular, the scenes of Tuvia and Asael leading their followers across the waters of a Polish swamp are wonderfully evocative, and not of Washington crossing the Delaware.Read the whole thing.