Passchendaele Reviews

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David Jenkins
Time Out
September 4, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 4, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Wendy Ide
Times [UK]
September 4, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Andrew Pulver
Guardian
September 4, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David West
Filmstar Magazine
September 4, 2009
It is impossible not to be moved by the nightmare of the trenches, but Passchendaele is a frustratingly uneven movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
September 4, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent
September 4, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 28, 2009
Game, set and dry match
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
October 17, 2008
A poignant and occasionally profound film out of a page in history.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
October 17, 2008
The scenes may be embarrassing, but at least Gross can't be accused of playing it safe.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
October 3, 2008
A war movie that can't make up its mind whether war is bad or something one can be proud of.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
September 5, 2008
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.
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Eddie Cockrell
Variety
September 5, 2008
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.

National Post
September 9, 2008
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Bumbray
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
February 27, 2009

Screen International
October 18, 2008
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