I Declare War Reviews

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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.
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Joe Leydon
Variety
September 3, 2013
Co-directors Jason Lapeyre and Robert Wilson do little more than repeatedly echo the pic's theme after establishing the basic conceit of Lapeyre's script in the opening minutes.
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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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Peter Keough
Boston Globe
August 29, 2013
Imagination is what these filmmakers could use more of, as their ingenious concept doesn't develop much beyond gimmick.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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
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August 29, 2013
The problem, mainly, is that Lapeyre's kids are stock types: runts, bullies, toadies, a girl with a big crush.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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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.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
August 20, 2013
Humor and hurt feelings collide in entertaining teen adventure.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
May 10, 2013
The picture disturbs more than it amuses, but the overall effect is ultimately as scattershot as the ammo.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
May 10, 2013
The obvious touchstones are Lord of the Flies and If, with a sprinkling of The Hunger Games added for some contemporary spice.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4