Life During Wartime Reviews

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October 25, 2019
Life During Wartime presents scenes that feel as authentic as bad dreams, and sometimes that's happiness enough.
August 5, 2019
Solondz populates his strange little world with a host of wounded characters that are all fascinating in their own right, leaving a bittersweet and indelible impression.
March 22, 2018
With some hilarious scenes, but the majority are terribly heavy, slow and gruesome, Life During Wartime is one of those depressing films that will leave you with little more than a stomach ache... [Full review in Spanish]
February 8, 2018
Helen may not be for everyone, but to at least some of us, she's irresistible.
August 10, 2016
...mannered and self-conscious to an extreme.
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.
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
August 1, 2011
A typically horny-thorny Solondzian dramedy...Solondz's is a universe of limitless disappointment. [Blu-ray]
August 1, 2011
A wonderful, must-own transfer by the Criterion Collection of one of last year's best films.
April 4, 2011
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.
January 3, 2011
I'd never have predicted something this mediocre.
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.
October 8, 2010
Solondz... might have maintained sympathy for these characters before, but now seems to hate them as much as they hate themselves.
October 1, 2010
A mere shadow of its predecessor.
September 23, 2010
A perilous balancing act that the writer-director doesn't quite pull off, though he's populated it with an exceptional cast.
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.
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