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A Private War Reviews

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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 2, 2018
An onslaught of familiar flashbacks and war montages sometimes reduce A Private War to the usual passive preachiness of such horrors... Still, Pike manages to compel us to believe in the spirit of Colvin.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 6, 2018
While many have praised Pike's portrayal of the famed journalist, this will be a dissent. Sometimes, showy and intense are confused with great.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 12, 2018
Despite the undeniably extraordinary feats that Colvin achieved in life and on the edge of death, A Private War is a hagiography that reduces a complicated woman down to trauma, booze, and typing.
September 14, 2018
An intense, harrowing drama betrayed by a campy Rosamund Pike performance.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
November 8, 2018
Where A Private War struggles is with its own message. The film wants to shine a light on political apathy, but that message is buried beneath layers of dramatized self-destruction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 16, 2018
While it occasionally pulls away from Colvin to let the nightmarish inhumanity of war provide power and feeling, it all too often relies on juiced-up expressions of humanist heroism.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
November 2, 2018
A Private War ultimately sides with the late journalist's assertion that the whos and whys of war matter far less in journalism than finding the right human-interest angle to hook an audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 14, 2019
Its grindingly earnest tone is that of the hasty posthumous tribute, rather than the more textured, inquiring long view of a worthwhile biopic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 9, 2018
Colvin continually stresses finding the personal within her stories, and the movie itself fails to do just that.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 16, 2018
In addition to its armchair analysis, A Private War offers a lead performance that calls attention to itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 22, 2018
The Sunday Times war correspondent Marie Colvin gets the prestige biopic treatment in a film that boasts a fearless performance from its star, Rosamund Pike, and yet is undercut at every turn by a risible and self-defeating screenplay.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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.
February 6, 2019
Colvin is a fascinating woman who deserves her story told, but A Private War doesn't leave the comfort zone of director Matthew Heineman.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 21, 2018
A Private War goes further in all senses of the term.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 31, 2018
Rosamund Pike is an absolute wrecking ball here. She embraces this complicated character and gives it her entire soul as an actress.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 7, 2018
Rosamund Pike delivers a career best performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 16, 2018
A Private War is a harrowing biopic that confronts the casualties of war with Rosamund Pike delivering one of the best performances of her career.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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