• R, 1 hr. 37 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Todd Solondz
    In Theaters:
    Jul 23, 2010 Limited
    On DVD:
    Jul 26, 2011
  • IFC Films

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Life During Wartime Reviews

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Life During Wartime relies on uncomfortable black humor and moments of sincere drama to involve viewers. But everything is encased in artifice and the movie becomes a chore to take in.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

July 23, 2010
Michael Phillips
At the Movies
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I can't stand the moral universe that we're dealing with here.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

July 26, 2010
Adam Lippe
Examiner.com

Not one moment avoids complete condescension and arrogance. The fact that there isn't a character in every scene throwing feces at the other characters, acting as a Solondz surrogate, seems like a rather dishonest omission.

Full Review Source: Examiner.com

July 26, 2010
Adam Woodward
Little White Lies

Just like any family reunion: forced, painful and underwhelming.

| Original Score: 2/5

April 23, 2010
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

This quasi-sequel revisits that witches' brew of self-loathing, cum shots, suicide and pedophilia, and adds race relations, 9/11, Zionism, and the auteur's latest craze: wacky stunt-casting.

Full Review Source: CinePassion

August 21, 2010
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

As with Palindromes, Life During Wartime revolves around a casting gimmick, with its predecessor's roles now embodied by all new performers.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

July 19, 2010
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper

Solondz seems to grasp for significance while hating his creations.

Full Review Source: Washington City Paper

August 6, 2010
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com

Believe me, it's odd to watch a film of perverts, pedophiles, and sniffly melodrama (Sirk with a Polanski spank) and respond with a been there, done that shrug.

Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com | Original Score: C

July 21, 2010
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

Todd Solandz is back once again to beat his convoluted dead-horse themes of race relations and schmaltzy pedophilia.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: C-

July 20, 2010
Andrew Male
Empire Magazine

Possibly a brave and interesting triumph for its director, but definitely a cold-eyed heartless bore for his audience.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 2/5

April 22, 2010
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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There's repetitious talk about forgiving and forgetting, and debate over which is preferable, but Solondz doesn't seem particularly interested in either.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

July 22, 2010
Stan Hall
Oregonian

Happiness didn't really need a follow-up; it said everything it needed to say and had quite the indelible, ahem, climax.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: C+

August 26, 2010
Tom Long
Detroit News
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The question is: Who wants to watch these people?

Full Review Source: Detroit News

August 13, 2010
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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The daring director is still a fascinating craftsman, but now we don't feel welcome in his dollhouse.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 27, 2010
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

A typically horny-thorny Solondzian dramedy...Solondz's is a universe of limitless disappointment. [Blu-ray]

Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 1, 2011
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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I'd never have predicted something this mediocre.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 3, 2011
Rob Thomas
Wisconsin State Journal

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 Source: Wisconsin State Journal | Original Score: 2/4

September 10, 2010
Keith Phipps
AV Club
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In retrospect, Todd Solondz probably should have hung it up after Happiness.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C+

July 22, 2010

Solondz's approach renders the film so dramatically inert that even though he's assembled a classy cast, they seem weirdly uncomfortable delivering his overtly mannered dialogue.

Full Review Source: Scotsman | Original Score: 2/5

April 26, 2010
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix

You can't get enough Happiness -- or so Todd Solondz must have thought when he spun off this sour sequel to his 1998 misanthropic ode to suburban perversion.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 2/4

July 6, 2010
Stuart Klawans
The Nation

Wouldn't the world be wonderful if Inception were the film left to straggle through a two-week run in the art houses, and Life During Wartime got to be the blockbuster?

Full Review Source: The Nation

January 3, 2011

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