• Unrated, 1 hr. 53 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Paul Gross
    On DVD:
    Nov 3, 2009
  • Alliance Atlantis

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Passchendaele Reviews

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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.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 2/5

September 4, 2009
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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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
Allan Hunter
Daily Express

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 Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 2/5

September 4, 2009
Anthony Quinn

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 Source: Independent | Original Score: 2/5

September 4, 2009
Wendy Ide
Times [UK]

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 Source: Times [UK] | Original Score: 1/5

September 4, 2009
Andrew Pulver

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 Source: Guardian | Original Score: 2/5

September 4, 2009
Eddie Cockrell
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 5, 2008
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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The scenes may be embarrassing, but at least Gross can't be accused of playing it safe.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 17, 2008

National Post

| Original Score: 2.5/4

September 9, 2008
David West
Filmstar Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Filmstar Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

September 4, 2009
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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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.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star

September 5, 2008
David Jenkins
Time Out
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

September 4, 2009

Game, set and dry match

Full Review Source: JWR | Original Score: 3.5/5

January 28, 2009
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies

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

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 4/5

October 17, 2008
Chris Bumbray
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
February 27, 2009

Screen International
October 18, 2008
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