How I Won the War Reviews

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Variety Staff
September 10, 2007
Patrick Ryan's novel has been adapted into a screenplay which, as directed by Richard Lester, substitutes motion for emotion, reeling for feeling, and crude slapstick for telling satire.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Dated, maybe, but Lester's gruesomely black anti-war comedy still looks inventive, and manages occasionally to hit home with its blend of surreal lunacy and barbed satire.
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 9, 2005
I am afraid Mr. Lester has not added a single discouragement of war, but simply a little discouragement toward patronizing too-pretentious films.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
I got no impression from this film that Lester really, personally, cares very strongly one way or the other about war. It was only a currently fashionable subject, a good excuse to make a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
Lester's op-pop style, jump cutting from incident to incident, seems too inherently cheerful for the material, which features fountains of stage blood.