A daring tragicomedy revolving around the theme of forgiveness and forgetting in the post-9/11 years.
| Original Score: B+
Strikes the right balance between funny, disturbing and truthful.
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
| Original Score: 3/4
A wonderful, must-own transfer by the Criterion Collection of one of last year's best films.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
Filmgoers who like their comedy so dark that they might forget to laugh will delight in Todd Solondz's Life During Wartime.
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
For all of Solondz's mischief, we sense he likes his unhelpable characters, and that they maybe like each other. A little bit, anyway.
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.
Human self-inflicted suffering that heaps contempt on its characters while showing empathy for their pain
| Original Score: B-
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.
It's tough stuff, but it's worth it.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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.'
Solondz, through the troubled voice of 13-year-old Timmy, does rigorous justice to the difficulties of forgiving and/or forgetting.
Lachman and Solondz have a gift for finding the extraordinary in the ordinary and that ray of hope amid the hopelessness.
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.
| Original Score: 7.4/10
The characters march around in a circle and we learn one important thing: Stay away from hotels and restaurants in Florida.
Todd Solondz keeps attempting the impossible and deserves credit for trying.
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?