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Winter in Wartime Reviews

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
April 21, 2011
Director Martin Koolhoven's film about one boy's struggle to make sense of the absurd - of the inhumanity of war and its effects on everyone around him.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
April 14, 2011
Koolhoven doesn't take many narrative chances, but the somber, steely cinematography and convincing performances help to carry the day.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 14, 2011
Winter in Wartime benefits from top-notch production values and a sturdy performance from its young lead, Martijn Lakemeier.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 8, 2011
"Winter" makes a complicated war look ridiculously simple.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
April 7, 2011
A solid, unhurried piece of work that doesn't provide the adrenaline rush its subject would seem to invite, but may be all the more powerful for its deliberation.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 7, 2011
If you've seen one slow-motion "Noooooooo!" as a firing squad lets loose, you've seen 'em all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 7, 2011
There's the potential for rich psychological head games here, and "Winter in Wartime'' flirts with them before giving itself over to contrivances.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 7, 2011
Koolhoven humanizes some of the enemy soldiers, but despite a monochromatic palette depicting winter bleakness, he fails to build an atmosphere of urgency or menace to undercut the sometimes corny predictability.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
April 2, 2011
It's an affecting, if somewhat flavorless, journey.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
April 1, 2011
All in all, Winter in Wartime is an eminently watchable movie, with some complex elements injected into the one war that, in our cultural mythology, is supposed to embody good and evil, black and white, pure and simple.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jason Anderson
eye WEEKLY
April 1, 2011
An adaptation of a well-loved Dutch young-adult novel by Jan Terlouw, Winter in Wartime embodies both a traditional style for WWII dramas and a more troubling contemporary strain.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 1, 2011
View the Second World War through a child's eyes and the result isn't hard to predict: a loss-of-innocence tale. Winter in Wartime is the boilerplate version, with the already dramatic facts of the era ramped up to melodramatic levels.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
March 31, 2011
Perhaps best suited to young teens, who will get a peer's view of life during wartime that will make them question what they would do, were they to face similar circumstances.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tony Medley
Tolucan Times
March 30, 2011
...a suspenseful coming of age story with fine performances and ambience showing how war can affect ordinary lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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Leba Hertz
San Francisco Chronicle
March 24, 2011
Koolhoven is able to strip away both visually and mentally our idealized cinematic notions of how the resistance fighters lived. It's a lonely existence. It's stark and it's scary. And it makes for a compelling movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
March 24, 2011
A child's World War II where discovery counterbalances the terror.
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
March 22, 2011
The coming of age story would appeal to like aged audiences - except, it is in Dutch, German and English, with subtitles, which makes Winter in Wartime one for the art house crowd only.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Richard Mowe
Boxoffice Magazine
March 22, 2011
The wartime subject matter may seem familiar at first, but Holland's Oscar contender exerts a powerful grip.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
March 21, 2011
Melodramatic and predictable, Winter in Wartime wants to be tough but settles for compellingly familiar.
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David Denby
New Yorker
March 21, 2011
The film is stirring and visually beautiful but not quite interesting enough, morally or formally, to be first-rate.
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