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Passchendaele

Passchendaele (2008)

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Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 3

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Follows the exploits of Canadian soldiers leading up to one of the key battles of World War I that was fought over nearly four months in 1917.

Unrated,

Drama

Paul Gross

Nov 3, 2009

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As a director, Gross paints in big, emotive strokes, and though his dialogue often feels too tied to historical fact, this old-fashioned, patriotic war movie has its heart in the right place.

September 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The scenes may be embarrassing, but at least Gross can't be accused of playing it safe.

October 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Comments (2)
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A war movie that can't make up its mind whether war is bad or something one can be proud of.

October 3, 2008 | Comments (12)
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Passchendaele hearkens back to war films of decades past, when patriotism, valour and integrity were presented without irony. But it is infused with the stoicism of people who know it is their job to try to find meaning within an insane situation.

September 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Toronto fest opener crudely welds the grisly verisimilitude of Saving Private Ryan to the contempo cultural revisionism of Pearl Harbor but can't forge the disparate tones into a powerful whole.

September 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety | Comments (7)
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A kind of Canadian World War I version of Pearl Harbor recast with TV actors and made on a tenth of the budget - yet for all that more endearing than Pearl Harbour.

September 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4

It's hard to overstake how unimaginably dreadful is Passchendaele, a First World War drama that does Canada's already ropey film-making reputation no favours whatsoever.

September 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

Director-star Paul Gross may have noble intentions, but his film is plodding, to put it kindly: filled with over-scrubbed sets, glutinous tinkling music, and desperately pedestrian dialogue exchanges.

September 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

It is impossible not to be moved by the nightmare of the trenches, but Passchendaele is a frustratingly uneven movie.

September 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Filmstar Magazine

A romantic weepie that tugs at the heart strings... In our more cynical age it just feels incredibly corny and obvious although the final 20 minutes amidst the mud and carnage are well-staged.

September 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

For most of its length the film keeps to the home front, saving its dramatic switch to the Western Front for the final reel, by which point the plot has nailed its rather novelettish colours to the mast.

September 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

Game, set and dry match

January 28, 2009 Full Review Source: JWR

A poignant and occasionally profound film out of a page in history.

October 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
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Audience Reviews for Passchendaele

Passchendaele is one of the worst films I have ever seen. This film is terrible. The film starts off well enough, but ends up being long and boring. This is a terrific example of how not to do a war film. This film probably has about 15 minutes of actual combat fighting. Nothing more. The acting, and script is terrible. I can't believe that some people think that this is a terrific tribute to those brave men who gave their lives so valiantly for the cause of freedom. This film is a stain on their memory, Paul Gross doesn't know anything on how to make an effective war film, and this proves it. A shameful "war" film about one of Canada's finest hours in battle. This film should be remade and should be told by a director who actually knows the source material.
June 8, 2010
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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An incrediable war drama that has it all, romance, drama, action and amasing characters. A splendid, powerful, deeply moving and unforgettable movie. A bold, passionate, well-crafted and patriotic piece of Canadain film. Director and star, Paul Gross gives an honest, riveting and very dedicated performance and also proves to be a promising and visionary filmmaker. Gross crafts a fearless and tremendous historical epic filled with romance and strong battle sequences. A brave solute to the men who fought in the time of the war. One of the best and most excting war films of it's kind since Saving Private Ryan. It's stunning, thrilling and exhilerating. A spectacular and satisfying character driven story. A masterpiece.
March 6, 2009
allan913

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This a sweeping epic of love,courage and faith at the time of world war 1.Yes you may you seen it before but it the key players that keeps this from being just other pearl harbour! It is directed with such passion and fine detail that sweeps you in and then theres the intenes battle sences that are second to none since Saving Private ryan!!All in all an in grossing film that need to be watched and is another slice of history..
March 2, 2009
briandeguelle

Super Reviewer

Great Canadian actor, great Canadian story, great moment in Canadian history... and yet, it failed to impress. It was formulaic and a little flat all in all, the love story was a little too predominant and the dialogue was awfully stagy. Melodrama in its worst incarnation. It was kind of like Pearl Harbor, in the sense that I couldn't invest in any of the characters because the writing just didn't feel authentic... ironic, in a way, as a lot of this film comes from the true story of writer/director/star Paul Gross's grandfather.

Passchendaele is well-shot - visually impressive and nice to watch - and that Gross raised the budget to make this film is a Canadian epic in and of itself. Unfortunately, the fruit of his labours falls short of being the Canadian masterpiece it's been trumpeted as.
February 19, 2009
danperry17

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