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How I Won the War Reviews

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Penelope Houston
The Spectator
April 11, 2016
A film so critical of others' attitudes should perhaps have given more positive vetting to its own.
Steve Crum
February 23, 2008
Thought provoking, at very least, John Lennon starrer.
| Original Score: 3/5

TV Guide
September 10, 2007
This seemingly incongruous mixture will work for some viewers, and, though the seriousness of Lester's intent may not be appreciated by everyone, most should at least find something here to make them laugh.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Variety Staff
September 10, 2007
Patrick Ryan's novel has been adapted into a screenplay which, as directed by Richard Lester, substitutes motion for emotion, reeling for feeling, and crude slapstick for telling satire.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Dated, maybe, but Lester's gruesomely black anti-war comedy still looks inventive, and manages occasionally to hit home with its blend of surreal lunacy and barbed satire.
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 9, 2005
I am afraid Mr. Lester has not added a single discouragement of war, but simply a little discouragement toward patronizing too-pretentious films.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
I got no impression from this film that Lester really, personally, cares very strongly one way or the other about war. It was only a currently fashionable subject, a good excuse to make a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
May 31, 2004
It still has an edge most films would shy away from. It's brilliant, bitter, defiant and angry.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Christopher Null
August 27, 2003
This war farce (about World War II) is just not funny.
| Original Score: 2/5
Jon Fortgang
May 24, 2003
Ambitious, stylised British satire. Written and acted with conviction, it pulls no punches.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
Lester's op-pop style, jump cutting from incident to incident, seems too inherently cheerful for the material, which features fountains of stage blood.
Emanuel Levy
July 2, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 19, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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