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Life During Wartime Reviews

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James Berardinelli
July 23, 2010
Life During Wartime relies on uncomfortable black humor and moments of sincere drama to involve viewers. But everything is encased in artifice and the movie becomes a chore to take in.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Phillips
At the Movies
July 26, 2010
I can't stand the moral universe that we're dealing with here.
Adam Lippe
July 26, 2010
Not one moment avoids complete condescension and arrogance. The fact that there isn't a character in every scene throwing feces at the other characters, acting as a Solondz surrogate, seems like a rather dishonest omission.
Adam Woodward
Little White Lies
April 23, 2010
Just like any family reunion: forced, painful and underwhelming.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Fernando F. Croce
August 21, 2010
This quasi-sequel revisits that witches' brew of self-loathing, cum shots, suicide and pedophilia, and adds race relations, 9/11, Zionism, and the auteur's latest craze: wacky stunt-casting.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
July 19, 2010
As with Palindromes, Life During Wartime revolves around a casting gimmick, with its predecessor's roles now embodied by all new performers.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Sarah Boslaugh
August 10, 2016
...mannered and self-conscious to an extreme.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
August 6, 2010
Solondz seems to grasp for significance while hating his creations.
Brian Orndorf
July 21, 2010
Believe me, it's odd to watch a film of perverts, pedophiles, and sniffly melodrama (Sirk with a Polanski spank) and respond with a been there, done that shrug.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Cole Smithey
July 20, 2010
Todd Solandz is back once again to beat his convoluted dead-horse themes of race relations and schmaltzy pedophilia.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Andrew Male
Empire Magazine
April 22, 2010
Possibly a brave and interesting triumph for its director, but definitely a cold-eyed heartless bore for his audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
July 22, 2010
There's repetitious talk about forgiving and forgetting, and debate over which is preferable, but Solondz doesn't seem particularly interested in either.
Stan Hall
August 26, 2010
Happiness didn't really need a follow-up; it said everything it needed to say and had quite the indelible, ahem, climax.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 13, 2010
The question is: Who wants to watch these people?
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 27, 2010
The daring director is still a fascinating craftsman, but now we don't feel welcome in his dollhouse.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
August 1, 2011
A typically horny-thorny Solondzian dramedy...Solondz's is a universe of limitless disappointment. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
January 3, 2011
I'd never have predicted something this mediocre.
Rob Thomas
Wisconsin State Journal
September 10, 2010
Todd Solondz's "Life During Wartime" is full of characters who make the same mistakes over and over again, unable to change their bad habits. He must know just how they feel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
July 22, 2010
In retrospect, Todd Solondz probably should have hung it up after Happiness.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
April 26, 2010
Solondz's approach renders the film so dramatically inert that even though he's assembled a classy cast, they seem weirdly uncomfortable delivering his overtly mannered dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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