A Private War Reviews

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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 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 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.
February 21, 2019
Pike certainly looks and acts the part, even if the depiction of the journalist's trade tends towards the cliched.
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.
February 18, 2019
Between the eye-patch, American drawl and chain-smoking rakishness, Colvin is a real-life gun-slinger who befits a big-screen portrait.
February 18, 2019
It has a raw and uneasy power, one that resists the clunky screenplay's many attempts to reduce Colvin to a series of easy-to-understand psychoanalytic bullet points. Pike's brusque, ravaged performance helps.
February 17, 2019
At a time when pressured media budgets are conspiring, with the general preference for escapism over reality, to threaten war reporting's very existence, A Private War unflinchingly reminds us of its value.
February 17, 2019
[An] impassioned if occasionally contrived drama...
February 15, 2019
This is Pike's film, and her dedication and grit are to be commended. If only she'd been given a little bit more to work with.
February 15, 2019
Heineman highlights the danger she endured, too, and the result is both a powerful psychological portrait and a fitting tribute.
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