A Private War Reviews

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.
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.
June 5, 2019
Rosamund Pike compensates and decorates those moments of credibility and brings the film to life. [Full Review in Spanish]
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 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 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.
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.
November 16, 2018
In addition to its armchair analysis, A Private War offers a lead performance that calls attention to itself.
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.
November 10, 2018
Colvin continually stresses finding the personal within her stories, and the movie itself fails to do just that.
November 9, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
September 14, 2018
An intense, harrowing drama betrayed by a campy Rosamund Pike performance.