War of the Buttons Reviews

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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 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
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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
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
October 12, 2012
Though it's handled with little subtlety, the way the atmosphere of suspicion in Vichy France filters down to the kids is a smart slant on the material.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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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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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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
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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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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-
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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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Jon Frosch
Village Voice
October 9, 2012
Corny ... a revisionist fantasy of French heroism.