A War (Krigen) Reviews

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October 25, 2017
The virtues of A War are also its biggest deficit: a leisureliness and inevitability that drain the effect from what is otherwise a solidly constructed drama.
March 17, 2016
The haunting and stark A War may be [Tobias Lindholm's] most striking and effective work yet
February 26, 2016
Writer-director Tobias Lindholm's latest is a microcosmic and finely wrought war story in which everyone has their reasons.
February 26, 2016
Ethically challenging and occasionally brutal, "A War" explores the dicey nature of decisions made in the heat of battle and the grim consequences that may follow.
February 25, 2016
It's intense without becoming simplistic, and the actors stay focused as the viewpoints shift.
February 25, 2016
Only in the second half, after the commander is accused of a war crime and returns home to stand trial, do these two worlds merge and their respective realities clash, with sobering results.
February 25, 2016
[It] may ... be among the best war movies of all time.
February 25, 2016
"A War" is an emotionally complex film that doesn't play by the rules of mainstream cinema.
February 21, 2016
A War confirms the darkest, least mentionable secret of traumatized veterans-that what haunts them is not just what they saw and what was done unto them, but what they did.
February 19, 2016
The courtroom machinations are skillfully played, but here, too, there is a certain stolidity.
February 19, 2016
Lindholm's mastery of film form is matched by his willingness to engage with some of the most intractable moral quandaries that haunt contemporary life.
February 18, 2016
The craftsmanship of "A War" is unimpeachable. Tight shots and jittery camera work give the film an immediate, intimate feel.
February 18, 2016
Like his 2012 film "A Hijacking," Danish writer-director Tobias Lindholm's drama "A War" explores the theme of moral compromise with an uncomfortably astringent honesty.
February 18, 2016
The film is cleanly made and moves quickly, which enhances its effectiveness. It raises moral issues that simply can't be addressed too often.
February 17, 2016
A War is the best possible title for Denmark's Oscar nominee, which, scrubbed of the patriotism and politics that define American war films, transcends the war in the Middle East to interrogate the struggle of all conflicted decisions.
February 15, 2016
The movie is memorable and draining, but "Full Metal Jacket" it is not.
February 12, 2016
While most Hollywood movies are so afraid of moral ambiguity that you'd think the old-school Production Code was in effect, here's a story that eschews easy answers and forces audiences to examine their own consciences while the characters do likewise.
February 12, 2016
Novotny is a striking screen presence; a fresher film would have told the story entirely from her perspective. But instead, we see the one we're used to - and a wobbly one at that.
February 12, 2016
"A War," as tough to watch as it can be, is an extremely rewarding and disquieting experience.
February 11, 2016
"A War" is a film done exactly right about a situation gone horribly wrong.
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