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Life During Wartime Reviews

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February 7, 2018
Helen may not be for everyone, but to at least some of us, she's irresistible.
April 18, 2016
There's a creepy torque to Life During Wartime that is uniquely Solondz, and the high probability of viewers' unease is part of his program.
October 7, 2015
While "Happiness" chillingly depicted how all the characters succumb to desire and rejection, the new film's theme of their inability to exorcise the ghosts in their lives seems comparatively less grandiose.
August 15, 2011
A daring tragicomedy revolving around the theme of forgiveness and forgetting in the post-9/11 years.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
August 4, 2011
Strikes the right balance between funny, disturbing and truthful.
August 3, 2011
works extremely well, especially in the way its challenging material is contrasted by the bright, sunny cinematography, which captures southern Florida in all its gaudy, inferno-ice-cream-colored splendor
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 1, 2011
A wonderful, must-own transfer by the Criterion Collection of one of last year's best films.
April 4, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
January 5, 2011
It feels a little wrong, even perverse, to describe a Todd Solondz film as 'fun'. But Life During Wartime - the sequel to his acclaimed and highly disturbing 1998 picture Happiness - is fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 27, 2010
Definitely not a film for everybody, but (Todd) Solondz fans...will find plenty to chew on as he continues his exploration into the wounded lives of three sisters and their fractured families.
| Original Score: 3/5
September 23, 2010
Filmgoers who like their comedy so dark that they might forget to laugh will delight in Todd Solondz's Life During Wartime.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 27, 2010
I don't know if this is a negative thing to say about a Solondz film, but there are ultimately glimmers in this one of what could almost be described as hope.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
August 27, 2010
For all of Solondz's mischief, we sense he likes his unhelpable characters, and that they maybe like each other. A little bit, anyway.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 27, 2010
An easy film to dislike, a piece of cake to admire and all but impossible to love. But I think that's part of the intent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 26, 2010
Human self-inflicted suffering that heaps contempt on its characters while showing empathy for their pain
Full Review | Original Score: B-
August 20, 2010
Solondz has dropped off the radar of late, but the good news -- or bad news, if you've never warmed to his chilly touch -- is that this master of the jaundiced worldview is back on top of his game.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 20, 2010
It's tough stuff, but it's worth it.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 15, 2010
Life During Wartime is what you'd get if you watched Happiness and thought, 'I like it, but I wish it were more pitiless. And uglier.'
Full Review | Original Score: B-
August 13, 2010
Solondz, through the troubled voice of 13-year-old Timmy, does rigorous justice to the difficulties of forgiving and/or forgetting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 12, 2010
Lachman and Solondz have a gift for finding the extraordinary in the ordinary and that ray of hope amid the hopelessness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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