War Horse Reviews

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Rich Heldenfels
Akron Beacon Journal
January 26, 2012
In spite of a few moving scenes, it's labored, too long and too gorgeously shot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com
January 26, 2012
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 | Original Score: 1/5
Tom Clift
Moviedex
January 24, 2012
A little bit of sentiment is one thing, Steven. But this is simply labourious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 21, 2012
Unfortunately it has the director's usual heavy-handed and overstated ploys.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
January 20, 2012
... the movie is easy to admire. Adoration, however, never comes. For that, something's missing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
January 19, 2012
...a sporadically electrifying yet terminally uneven (and overlong) piece of work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Linda Cook
KWQC-TV (Iowa)
January 16, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
Martin Roberts
Fan The Fire
January 16, 2012
If it lags in the middle, it can be forgiven, because it has a warm heart despite its inconsistencies
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Laverty
Clothes on Film
January 15, 2012
Children and the elderly will love it.
Philip French
Observer [UK]
January 15, 2012
Audiences will either be overwhelmed by the impact or find themselves fighting to resist it.
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
January 15, 2012
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.
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com
January 13, 2012
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jason Best
Movie Talk
January 13, 2012
Despite a thoroughbred cast, War Horse falls short because it tries too hard to tug our heartstrings.
Donald Munro
Eye for Film
January 13, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5

Liverpool Echo
January 13, 2012
Steven Spielberg directs this handsome Oscar-tipped film version of the heart-rending tale from a script by Richard Curtis and Lee Hall.
Alex Zane
Sun Online
January 12, 2012
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 | Original Score: 4/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
January 12, 2012
War Horse is perfect material for the world's foremost purveyor of cinematic sentimentality. Think ET with hooves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
January 12, 2012
War Horse is a pre-packaged brand, rather than a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
January 12, 2012
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 | Original Score: 1/5
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph
January 12, 2012
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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