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War Horse Reviews

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Peter Sobczynski

War Horse is a long, boring and vaguely insulting mess that offers up the depressing sight of an infinitely talented filmmaker simply going through the motions.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 1/5

January 26, 2012
Tom Clift

A little bit of sentiment is one thing, Steven. But this is simply labourious.

Full Review Source: Moviedex | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 24, 2012
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Unfortunately it has the director's usual heavy-handed and overstated ploys.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C+

January 21, 2012
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

... the movie is easy to admire. Adoration, however, never comes. For that, something's missing.

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 3/5

January 20, 2012
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a sporadically electrifying yet terminally uneven (and overlong) piece of work.

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 3/4

January 19, 2012
Linda Cook
KWQC-TV (Iowa)

A grand spectacle of a movie, War Horse' is an epic about loyalty, friendship and the horrors of war. Based on a marvelous book, Spielberg delivers a sweeping adventure that will become an instant classic among those who love old-fashioned storytelling.

Full Review Source: KWQC-TV (Iowa) | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 16, 2012
Martin Roberts
Fan The Fire

If it lags in the middle, it can be forgiven, because it has a warm heart despite its inconsistencies

Full Review Source: Fan The Fire | Original Score: 3/5

January 16, 2012
Chris Laverty
Clothes on Film

Children and the elderly will love it.

Full Review Source: Clothes on Film

January 15, 2012
Philip French
Observer [UK]

Audiences will either be overwhelmed by the impact or find themselves fighting to resist it.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

January 15, 2012
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray

The movie's pastoral values bypass the head to massage the heart. The cracker-barrel philosophy, the piety, the unreconstructed belief in heroism and gallantry, it's all so reassuring; it's like the second half of the 20th century never happened.

Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray

January 15, 2012
Eric Melin

A couple battle sequences are filmed with great care, but War Horse is still essentially a trite, manipulative soap opera run through the lens of World War I to give it a lot of historic and artistic sensibility.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 13, 2012
Jason Best
Movie Talk

Despite a thoroughbred cast, War Horse falls short because it tries too hard to tug our heartstrings.

Full Review Source: Movie Talk

January 13, 2012
Donald Munro
Eye for Film

War Horse is not so much a story of universal suffering told through the eyes of a horse but a Boys' Own ripping yarn. It is a good yarn well paced and well made.

Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 3.5/5

January 13, 2012

Liverpool Echo

Steven Spielberg directs this handsome Oscar-tipped film version of the heart-rending tale from a script by Richard Curtis and Lee Hall.

Full Review Source: Liverpool Echo

January 13, 2012
Alex Zane
Sun Online

After the ho-hum that was Tintin, this serves as a reminder of why Spielberg is considered one of the great visionary storytellers.

Full Review Source: Sun Online | Original Score: 4/5

January 12, 2012
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]

War Horse is perfect material for the world's foremost purveyor of cinematic sentimentality. Think ET with hooves.

Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK] | Original Score: 3/5

January 12, 2012
Peter Bradshaw

War Horse is a pre-packaged brand, rather than a movie.

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

January 12, 2012
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

We are marched through cloying kidult rhetoric for 150 minutes, ending with the inevitable pull on our hankie pocket, as wheedling as a beggar pulling on our change pocket. The only difference: the beggar is more deserving.

Full Review Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 1/5

January 12, 2012
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph

This is a soaring, sprawling epic that harks back to the dream-big visionaries of old Hollywood: John Ford, David Lean, David O. Selznick.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 4/5

January 12, 2012
Alan Jones
Radio Times

A uniquely moving odyssey that subtly outlines both the suffering of the First World War and the humanity amid so much loss of life.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 5/5

January 12, 2012
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