I Declare War Reviews

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Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
July 15, 2015
A bitter but paradoxically entertaining fantasia.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
September 10, 2014
A unique and out of the box film, and though the end result is only above average, it's still worth watching.
Dan Schindel
Movie Mezzanine
April 8, 2014
A breath of fresh air, whether you're looking for a good movie about kids or a good war picture.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
September 26, 2013
This Canadian feature cleverly mixes archetypes from war films and coming-of-age movies, defamiliarizing both genres in the process.
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
September 20, 2013
Both playful and nostalgic, it's the kind of movie that stands to be appreciated on some level by anyone who has ever pointed a stick and yelled, Powpowpow!
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mark Bell
Film Threat
August 31, 2013
It's both a nostalgic ode to the creativity of youth and a tragedy of growing up, wrapped in the graying dynamics of war as playtime...
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Steve Davis
Austin Chronicle
August 30, 2013
Its unpredictable tone clicks back and forth between the comical and the serious like the safety catch on a firearm. But no matter what you ultimately think about it, you can't deny one thing: It's not like anything you've seen before.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jordan Hoffman
New York Daily News
August 30, 2013
[A] surreal, strangely effective look at childhood imagination.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Annlee Ellingson
Los Angeles Times
August 29, 2013
The performances may be slightly uneven across the cast of a dozen distinct personalities (plus a dog), but overall the effect works because, after all, they're just playacting ... right?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
August 29, 2013
"I Declare War" captures the awkwardness of preadolescence as well as any film since "Stand By Me."
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
August 29, 2013
Lapeyre and Wilson provide both a commentary on the effects of real-life combat on its participants and an authentic look at how kids really get along.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Joe Gross
Austin American-Statesman
August 29, 2013
I Declare War works best not as a Lord of the Flies riff but as a solid look at how close middle-school emotions are to the surface and how imaginary wars become real-life conflicts in the space of a too-harsh word.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
August 28, 2013
A tangle of realism set loose inside an arena of unreality, and it's utterly compelling drama, never slipping into a deflating self-awareness.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
August 27, 2013
Its heroes are kids; its villains are kids; its fantasies are kids'. But its truths are adult.
Matt Donato
We Got This Covered
August 22, 2013
I Declare War uses children to address issues that plague all generations, lulling you into a sense of creativity and wonder, only to lay some pretty heavy storylines that make our characters seem years beyond their true ages.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Fred Topel
CraveOnline
August 20, 2013
Writer/director Jason Lapeyre and co-director Robert Wilson made a movie with unknown kids that's thrilling, intelligent and emotional.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Devin Faraci
Birth.Movies.Death.
August 20, 2013
It's a loving, fun, extraordinarily well made celebration of the imagination and worldview of being 12. It's sweet but never sentimental. I loved it.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
August 20, 2013
Humor and hurt feelings collide in entertaining teen adventure.
Garry McConnachie
Daily Record [UK]
July 30, 2013
A razor-sharp portrayal of the cruel - and sometimes brutal - nature of growing up.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Scott Tobias
The Dissolve
July 26, 2013
[The filmmakers have] made a film that seizes explicitly on childhood fears, insecurities, and imagination, turning them into a mostly clever, cult-minded throwback to 1980s boy-bonding adventures like The Goonies and Stand By Me.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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