A Private War Reviews

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March 18, 2020
Beat by beat it is thoroughly detailed, but on the whole it fails to be contextualized in any meaningful way.
February 22, 2020
While Rosamund Pike delivers an unbeatable portrayal of Colvin, the film itself fails to say anything new about addiction or the demons she battles.
January 29, 2020
The war scenes have a you-are-there quality, gripping and vivid. But the scenes at the newspaper, where editors clutch their collars and say "the world needs to hear this" feel a bit self-congratulatory.
October 18, 2019
It's one of the year's best roles, performances, and it's contained in a film that undoubtedly matters. Now, more than ever.
August 23, 2019
[Rosamund] Pike has been in a few war-themed films this year, but we think her performance in this one is the best.
July 17, 2019
For a film that wants desperately to paint a portrait of a woman to whom the lives of war casualties were of utmost concern, A Private War makes Marie Colvin's struggles so private as to sever them from the people whose tragedies set them in motion.
July 12, 2019
It couldn't have been easy but Marie Colvin was an important life and the film pays homage to the brilliant woman behind the faces of wars and conflicts all over the world.
June 5, 2019
Rosamund Pike compensates and decorates those moments of credibility and brings the film to life. [Full Review in Spanish]
June 3, 2019
The film uses an energetic visual language that seems to strive for the viewer to feel the impact of the shrapnel. [Full Review in Spanish]
May 28, 2019
A fascinating story. [Full review in Spanish]
April 15, 2019
A Private War serves as a potent reminder of the effort expended by correspondents to illuminate, inform and bear witness to man-made catastrophes.
March 11, 2019
A Private War is a piercing plea championing empathy, asking us to not turn a blind eye to the abject suffering of countless faceless civilians.
March 1, 2019
It's clear Marie Colvin deserves a biopic, but this first dramatic feature by documentary filmmaker Matthew Heineman feels too by-the-numbers to do her justice.
February 21, 2019
Pike certainly looks and acts the part, even if the depiction of the journalist's trade tends towards the cliched.
February 20, 2019
Poor, gifted Rosamund Pike is persuaded to play the American-born Sunday Times journo at full throttle, when half-throttle would be a nice occasional variant.
February 19, 2019
The film is an inspiring tribute to a significant figure in journalism.
February 19, 2019
Heineman is far better off letting Pike's unforced charisma and sense of purpose carry the day.
February 19, 2019
Matthew Heineman is a documentary filmmaker and his A Private War is a sturdy chronicle of Colvin's fearless life of speaking truth to power, only to be admired because of the unthinkable risks she herself took in order to do so.
February 19, 2019
A better encapsulation of the dangers of speaking up, and the equally pressing need to, could not be imagined.
February 18, 2019
It's a part that almost instinctively you feel Pike wouldn't be right for...and yet she rises to every one of its many considerable challenges, cleverly avoiding the potential for overplaying at every impressive turn. And what potential there is.
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