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Winter in Wartime Reviews

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...there's a lack of momentum here that prevents the viewer from connecting to the material on a frustratingly continuous basis...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2/4

August 10, 2014
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

A child-witness-to-war movie gets lost in a convention-driven screenplay

Full Review Source: Movie Habit | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 1, 2013
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

A most involving and touching coming of age tale set in a time and place when childhood was a luxury few families or nations could afford.

Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service

January 10, 2013
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com

Shot beautifully and it evokes its setting well, but sometimes the movie relies a little too much on plot trickery and not enough on the emotional state of its main character.

Full Review Source: Scene-Stealers.com | Original Score: 2/4

September 9, 2011
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Spielbergian touches...a good enough mainstream drama, but one can't help but feel it's a missed opportunity to give Terlouw a more textured treatment.

Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 29, 2011
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

... strong and natural performances ...

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

July 23, 2011
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Sometimes familiarity is a good thing, and Koolhoven combines two familiar kinds of stories - the resistance drama and the coming-of-age drama - in a compelling way.

Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI) | Original Score: 3/4

July 11, 2011
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...a naive story that has some of the dreamy qualities of a remembered myth

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 86/100

June 1, 2011
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum

The acting is superb, with Lakemeier the anchor surrounded by a talented ensemble. The soundtrack is effective in ratcheting up the suspense. Other strengths are the cinematography, sound and production design.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum | Original Score: 3/4

May 27, 2011
Loey Lockerby
Kansas City Star

Director Martin Koolhoven, adapting Jan Terlouw's 1972 novel, maintains the constant tension of a world where every stray word or glance could lead to tragedy.

Full Review Source: Kansas City Star | Original Score: 3/4

May 27, 2011
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

This is an often emotionally harrowing depiction of a young idealist running smack into the brutal reality of occupied life.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3/5

May 27, 2011
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Visually unremarkable, and worse than that when Koolhoven tries too hard: During a dramatic execution scene, the film shifts to slow-motion and the soundtrack becomes awash in angelic, choral harmonies; the effect is kitschy and bathetic.

Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 20, 2011
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

Winter in Wartime doesn't reinvent the World War II drama, but it doesn't have to; it works solidly within the genre with affecting if predictable results.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 3/5

May 13, 2011
Tony Macklin
tonymacklin.net

Winter in Wartime is an evocative Dutch movie about Michiel, a youthful adolescent coming of age in Nazi-occupied Holland in January 1945. The film is full of symbols that give depth and texture to Michiel's fateful journey.

Full Review Source: tonymacklin.net | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 4, 2011
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Writer-director Martin Koolhoven hits just the right balance of domesticity and oppression here, setting up the film's tense second half with sweet early touches of naivete.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B

April 29, 2011
Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl

...carries an R rating in the U.S., which means that not many children the age of the young protagonist (13) will get to see it, yet it has too many hallmarks of a juvenile film to satisfy most adults.

Full Review Source: Playback:stl | Original Score: 4/10

April 29, 2011
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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It's got a grown-up artfulness, but "Winter in Wartime" could become a lot of boys' favorite movie.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 3/4

April 29, 2011
Justin Strout
Orlando Weekly

Here's the film's biggest obstacle: It's patently ridiculous.

Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly | Original Score: 2/5

April 28, 2011
Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times

Nothing about Koolhoven's film is stunning, but it's a solid piece of work, occasionally feeling as tense as life-and-death situations with Nazis should be.

Full Review Source: Tampa Bay Times | Original Score: B

April 28, 2011
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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What makes "Winter" really special is its complex exploration of the theme of heroism.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 3/4

April 22, 2011
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