Generation War Reviews

September 26, 2017
While Generation War is propulsive and determined to stay juicy (there's plenty of shooting and schtupping) it offers some surprising restraint when it comes to telling you how exactly to feel.
September 16, 2017
Suffice it to say that this is an extraordinarily moving story told from the universal perspective of "war is hell" even when it is the enemy telling the story.
March 14, 2014
It's an involving story and an intriguing view of history.
March 13, 2014
It's as retrograde - if also as perversely intoxicating - as an old Hollywood melodrama.
March 7, 2014
Think of the ambitious 'Generation War' as a German-language 'Friends' in which the five close pals encounter rape, death squads and the brutality of war while constantly fending off lethal bands of mad Russians at the dawn of World War II.
March 6, 2014
Less to do with making the Germans look good than it's about the perils of nationalism for its own sake, self-delusion, disillusionment and just plain getting sucked into something over which you have no control.
February 27, 2014
"Generation War" has a texture and an interest that American stories do not.
February 26, 2014
This is a new subject in the ongoing cinematic conversation America has been having with the War.
February 13, 2014
Certainly entertaining, possibly art, not always convincing but most assuredly a soap.
February 3, 2014
In all, "Generation War" has the strengths and weaknesses of middlebrow art-it may be clunky, even embarrassing, but it's certainly never dull.
January 30, 2014
...a somewhat mechanical narrative, something that the hardworking cast resists as best they can, continually hitting high strumming notes of melodrama amidst the exploding shells
January 24, 2014
There's a strong narrative pull to Generation War as it moves from one crisis to another, [and] many of those crises are genuinely exciting and suspenseful.
January 16, 2014
Overly melodramatic but fairly engrossing ...
January 15, 2014
Sweeps away most WW2 clichs Americans usually see in movies. . .Key tragedy here is Nazis' dragging down their country by refusal to face reality on the front and at home.
January 15, 2014
Both a must-see primer for Germany's younger generation and a compelling, if sometimes familiar, drama for a more seasoned art-house crowd.
January 14, 2014
As television drama, Generation War is unquestionably effective. As dramatized history, it is pretty questionable.
Top Critic
January 14, 2014
Generation War forces us to see that cruelty and indifference to suffering were not only practiced institutionally but individually, by nice young people to whom we grow ever more attached even as they progressively alienate us.
January 10, 2014
Marred by unlikely coincidences that rob the film of realist foundations, it is still worth watching for its confrontation with Germany's barbaric past.