War of the Buttons Reviews

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Calum Marsh
Slant Magazine
October 10, 2012
Steeped in bromidic period detail and weepy strings, this is a quintessential Weinstein-brand prestige picture, an offense-free portrait of the final days of World War II as a locus of poignantly lost innocence.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
Sarah Sluis
Film Journal International
October 12, 2012
World War II-set tale of children from neighboring towns who battle each other has some cute moments, but unsuccessfully walks the line between a light coming-of-age story and serious subject matter.
Annlee Ellingson
Paste Magazine
October 15, 2012
Adorable but sentimental, an earnest whitewash of a painful period during World War II.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.7/10
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Sam Adams
Time Out
October 9, 2012
That War of the Buttons shows no insight into how a nation's will could be so easily subdued is disappointing; that it shows no curiosity on the subject is inexcusable.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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October 11, 2012
At a time when most family movies come processed through extreme software and 3-D glasses, this film's gentle vision of the simple life has its old-fashioned charms - though they press too hard on the emo buttons for my taste.
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Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
October 11, 2012
It does not attempt to provide a complete or even vaguely realistic depiction of the rural French resistance in the endgame to World War II.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
October 11, 2012
Though this version transplants the tale to World War II, it doesn't try for any nuanced commentary on the conflict.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 18, 2012
"War" feels very much like a Disney made-for-TV movie from a few decades ago with its simple solutions to complex problems and its endless close-ups of begrimed, adorable faces.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
October 12, 2012
Seeing the French Resistance through the eyes of little kids yields a cutesy, simplistic and sentimental would-be fable in "War of the Buttons."
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Jon Frosch
Village Voice
October 9, 2012
Corny ... a revisionist fantasy of French heroism.
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Rachel Saltz
New York Times
October 11, 2012
The slick filmmaking - the movie has a glossy, Hollywood-ready feel that sometimes tips into the cutesy - works against its themes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
October 14, 2012
The film's trailer doesn't lie. What you see is what you'll get ... A warning for those who can't watch The Sound of Music all the way through: the adorable factor hits the roof
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 31, 2012
Although it's updated to World War II and alludes to the Holocaust, this golden-hued remembrance is about as horrific as "Hogan's Heroes."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Russo
Boston Globe
October 25, 2012
The two threads aren't really woven together into the sort of tight, overarching theme that the film seems built to convey.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Peg Aloi
Boston Phoenix
October 25, 2012
The cast is fine, especially the boys, and the cinematography lush and wistful, but the score is pure fromage and the storyline sacrifices tension for romance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
October 18, 2012
Ultimately there's only marginally more edge to this treatment of World War II than there is to the average episode of "Hogan's Heroes."
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
October 25, 2012
Barratier can't seem to do anything with it other than keep raising the violence and anger.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
October 18, 2012
It's a pretty familiar story, but it's done with tender care and definite style. Director Christophe Barratier fills the movie with a refreshing sense of wonder, imagination and innocence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
October 12, 2012
Barratier makes the viewing event obvious in theme and location, yet his classic Hollywood approach results in a satisfyingly glossy, endearingly acted movie.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
October 25, 2012
WWII drama is overly cute but has worthy lessons for tweens.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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