How I Won the War Reviews

March 18, 2020
The first problem with How I Won the War is that the basic farce is not all that funny.
January 31, 2020
We've been handed this kind of tripe in every Terry Thomas, Peter Sellers, Martin and Lewis, Laurel and Hardy Army spoof ever made.
October 3, 2018
It suggests an overaged boyishness almost incapable of relating to the hard-nosed, dry, sardonic war films supposedly under attack here.
April 11, 2016
A film so critical of others' attitudes should perhaps have given more positive vetting to its own.
February 23, 2008
Thought provoking, at very least, John Lennon starrer.
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.
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.
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.
July 2, 2005
May 19, 2005
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.
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.
May 31, 2004
It still has an edge most films would shy away from. It's brilliant, bitter, defiant and angry.
August 27, 2003
This war farce (about World War II) is just not funny.
May 24, 2003
Ambitious, stylised British satire. Written and acted with conviction, it pulls no punches.
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.