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."
| Original Score: 2/4
Barratier can't seem to do anything with it other than keep raising the violence and anger.
The two threads aren't really woven together into the sort of tight, overarching theme that the film seems built to convey.
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
Seeing the French Resistance through the eyes of little kids yields a cutesy, simplistic and sentimental would-be fable in "War of the Buttons."
| Original Score: 1/4
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.
The slick filmmaking - the movie has a glossy, Hollywood-ready feel that sometimes tips into the cutesy - works against its themes.
| Original Score: 2/5
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.
Though this version transplants the tale to World War II, it doesn't try for any nuanced commentary on the conflict.
| Original Score: C-
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.
| Original Score: 1/5
Corny ... a revisionist fantasy of French heroism.