Declaration of War Reviews

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March 23, 2012
True to its title, "Declaration of War" is a visceral, forthright visit to the front lines of battle, where superhuman courage is called for as life-or-death skirmishes turn into a long slog of survival.
March 9, 2012
The tonal shifts, the "Amelie"-style voiceover and the punk-retro soundtrack may jar some viewers who expect uninterrupted violins, but "Declaration of War" is alternative therapy that really works.
February 16, 2012
"Declaration of War" movingly chronicles a unique and terrible fight: that of two parents against the cancer that has invaded the brain of their 18-month-old son.
February 16, 2012
As ponderous and overwrought as a film hogged by a couple of young hipsters named Romo and Juliette can be.
February 16, 2012
The film may even be too upbeat, especially the ending, which is too easy and contrived. Yet there's real emotion here...
February 2, 2012
Declaration of War feels very present, very alive. And it's very much worth seeing.
February 13, 2017
Donzelli and Elkam infuse their script with a fair share of humor while dealing with a morbid subject without ever becoming irreverent or exploitative.
August 24, 2012
The raddest Lifetime movie you'll ever see.
June 26, 2012
Touching, balanced and honest, the film imparts a life-affirming message about endurance, love and life's sudden gear shifts.
May 27, 2012
Donzelli's film is an incredibly brave one, given its subject matter and biographical nature, and is presented in a creative yet digestible way.
May 11, 2012
The underlying drama holds the film together even when self indulgence and the rawness of inexperience weakens the film
May 4, 2012
Horror movies excepted, it's the rare film that suggests the presence of a child doesn't Make Everything Better, as if by magic.
March 26, 2012
The hippest kid-with-cancer movie you'll ever see.
March 9, 2012
... feels like a parody of any number of light French comedies, one in which the most important point is that the central characters remain beautiful (and surrounded by charming and attractive friends) ...
February 17, 2012
...the most unique 'child with cancer' movie in the history of cinema. This is an audacious film, with obvious roots in the French New Wave, particularly Godard
February 16, 2012
You can sense the deep investment Donzelli and Elkam have in what they're doing, which isn't something you get at the movies every day.
February 16, 2012
Taken as an assault against self-pity and sentimentality, this War puts up an involving, and ultimately thought-provoking, fight.
February 16, 2012
For all its narrative flourishes, what makes "Declaration" feel special is the intimacy and honesty of its depiction of good people leaning on each other as they try to hold it together.
February 16, 2012
Exhilarating ... a very, very good chronicle of something that can happen to anyone, and how to steer a ship when there's no turning back.
February 9, 2012
The personal weight of the story is abundant but as the title infers, Donzelli's film is not an ode to anguished soul-searching in the face of that most blunt notice of mortality.
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