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Life During Wartime Reviews

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook
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.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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+
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 4, 2011
Strikes the right balance between funny, disturbing and truthful.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
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
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
August 1, 2011
A wonderful, must-own transfer by the Criterion Collection of one of last year's best films.
Dave White
April 4, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Simon Miraudo
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
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
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
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
August 26, 2010
Human self-inflicted suffering that heaps contempt on its characters while showing empathy for their pain
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
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
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 20, 2010
It's tough stuff, but it's worth it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
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-
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Michael Upchurch
Seattle Times
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
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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
August 6, 2010
With Life During Wartime, makes the dreaded "mature" work, but he does it without really compromising the sometimes shocking subject matter that got him here.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.4/10
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 6, 2010
The characters march around in a circle and we learn one important thing: Stay away from hotels and restaurants in Florida.

Urban Cinefile
January 24, 2011
Stuart Klawans
The Nation
January 3, 2011
Wouldn't the world be wonderful if Inception were the film left to straggle through a two-week run in the art houses, and Life During Wartime got to be the blockbuster?
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