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Life During Wartime Reviews

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook
October 7, 2015
While "Happiness" chillingly depicted how all the characters succumb to desire and rejection, the new film's theme of their inability to exorcise the ghosts in their lives seems comparatively less grandiose.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 15, 2011
A daring tragicomedy revolving around the theme of forgiveness and forgetting in the post-9/11 years.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 4, 2011
Strikes the right balance between funny, disturbing and truthful.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
August 3, 2011
works extremely well, especially in the way its challenging material is contrasted by the bright, sunny cinematography, which captures southern Florida in all its gaudy, inferno-ice-cream-colored splendor
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
August 1, 2011
A typically horny-thorny Solondzian dramedy...Solondz's is a universe of limitless disappointment. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
August 1, 2011
A wonderful, must-own transfer by the Criterion Collection of one of last year's best films.
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
January 5, 2011
It feels a little wrong, even perverse, to describe a Todd Solondz film as 'fun'. But Life During Wartime - the sequel to his acclaimed and highly disturbing 1998 picture Happiness - is fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
January 3, 2011
I'd never have predicted something this mediocre.
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
December 27, 2010
Definitely not a film for everybody, but (Todd) Solondz fans...will find plenty to chew on as he continues his exploration into the wounded lives of three sisters and their fractured families.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
October 8, 2010
Solondz... might have maintained sympathy for these characters before, but now seems to hate them as much as they hate themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
October 1, 2010
A mere shadow of its predecessor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
September 23, 2010
A perilous balancing act that the writer-director doesn't quite pull off, though he's populated it with an exceptional cast.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
September 23, 2010
Filmgoers who like their comedy so dark that they might forget to laugh will delight in Todd Solondz's Life During Wartime.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Thomas
Wisconsin State Journal
September 10, 2010
Todd Solondz's "Life During Wartime" is full of characters who make the same mistakes over and over again, unable to change their bad habits. He must know just how they feel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
September 8, 2010
Life During Wartime, which feels like a movie made to fulfill a contractual obligation, says nothing new, nothing that Happiness didn't already say, only better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
August 27, 2010
I don't know if this is a negative thing to say about a Solondz film, but there are ultimately glimmers in this one of what could almost be described as hope.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 27, 2010
The daring director is still a fascinating craftsman, but now we don't feel welcome in his dollhouse.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
August 27, 2010
For all of Solondz's mischief, we sense he likes his unhelpable characters, and that they maybe like each other. A little bit, anyway.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
August 27, 2010
An easy film to dislike, a piece of cake to admire and all but impossible to love. But I think that's part of the intent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Stan Hall
Oregonian
August 26, 2010
Happiness didn't really need a follow-up; it said everything it needed to say and had quite the indelible, ahem, climax.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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