Declaration of War Reviews

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.
January 28, 2012
A vibrant and heartfelt French film that captures the mood and the memories of young parents who found themselves in the trenches fighting for the life of their child.
January 27, 2012
"Declaration of War" has it all: comedy, romance, fantasy, musical interludes and a child with a brain tumor. Wait - what?
January 26, 2012
"Declaration of War" still is a profoundly affecting family drama, no matter how much artifice Donzelli piles on top of it.
January 26, 2012
Sick children and their struggling parents rarely make for a lively film. But "Declaration of War" does just that in an unusual French mashup of stylized techniques and stinging blows of emotion.
January 26, 2012
For all its quirks and tangents, "Declaration of War" feels entirely alive. This story of two people who transform fear into action is inspiring.
January 26, 2012
What's so wonderful about the film's flights of fancy is that they in no way diminish the emotional stakes of the piece, but they do keep the story from slogging down into gloominess.
Top Critic
January 26, 2012
Though it's certainly moving, it suffers from a frantically overproduced desperation to hold what the filmmakers seem to fear will be our wavering attention.
January 26, 2012
What is surprising is how the film appreciates the way people unready for a huge responsibility can step up to the challenge, and find out who they really are in the process.
January 26, 2012
Sprinting through hospital rooms, parties, sterile corridors, and grayish courtyards, Declaration Of War salutes its characters' capacity to step up and meet life's harshest unexpected demands.
January 25, 2012
An unexpectedly upbeat autobiographical drama made with French New Wave pizzazz about a young boy with brain cancer and the parents who pull together to fight for him.
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January 24, 2012
I admit I admire the writing and acting of the two brave stars, who declare war on film in which there is only one enemy to fight -- their child's deadly disease.
January 24, 2012
Donzelli has, against all odds, crafted a genuinely moving ode to both the tenacity of filial love under extreme circumstances and the toll it extracts.
January 24, 2012
Declaration of War turns autobiography into thrilling expressionist art.
January 23, 2012
Both a persuasive brief for the single-payer system and a reverent, grateful exaltation of the high science of modern medicine...