A Private War Reviews

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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.
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 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 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.
February 13, 2019
Pike gives a thoroughly convincing performance as Colvin... As drama, though, it is two-dimensional. The filmmakers are so focused on Colvin that they don't seem to notice anything else.
February 13, 2019
A Private War is at its best when it focuses on tension and danger in the field... These scenes land us in the moment unlike much of the more conventional human drama [director Matthew] Heineman builds elsewhere.
February 13, 2019
I admired A Private War for its tough, forthright, pro-journalist attitude.
November 16, 2018
It's a powerful but clear-eyed acknowledgment of the importance of journalism.
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
"A Private War" doesn't ask you to understand the politics of war, only the human side. And it shows the toll war takes on people's souls, most of which it never gives back.
November 14, 2018
An intelligent and sophisticated biopic with a tour-de-force performance from Pike.
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 9, 2018
The most surprising - positively surprising - performance in the film comes from Jamie Dornan.
November 8, 2018
A reporter is never the story - the story is the story. But if looking at the reporter helps you see the story, and the human beings the story is about, then the effort may be worth it. "A Private War" is worth it.
November 8, 2018
Heineman and screenwriter Arash Amel remind the audience not just of the humanism that drives so many reporters, but also the extreme danger they put themselves in to bring us the truth.
November 8, 2018
A fact-based feature film both celebrating and illuminating the disappearing, dangerous art of the war correspondent.
November 7, 2018
Pike triumphs in this emotionally and physically taxing role.
November 6, 2018
Pike's unblinking, emphatic quality has its limitations, but by the film's midpoint she rolls with every scene. Fierce and alert, she holds the screen.
November 2, 2018
It feels like the kind of movie that would have been designed for Meryl Streep or Sigourney Weaver back in the day, ragged yet sumptuous, filled with moments for devastating monologues yet never so obvious as to be self-aggrandizing.
November 2, 2018
As played by Rosamund Pike, Colvin is steely, stubborn, an old-school Fourth-Estater and saltier than the Sargasso Sea.
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