I Declare War Reviews

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July 3, 2018
A visceral and clever battle of wits, the fracturing of friendships, and a look at the true cost of (make believe) war really is.
June 28, 2016
I Declare War proves potent from the simple fact these minors portray soldiers without censor.
July 15, 2015
A bitter but paradoxically entertaining fantasia.
September 10, 2014
A unique and out of the box film, and though the end result is only above average, it's still worth watching.
June 5, 2014
It doesn't help that some of the acting is drama-school awful, a fault for which the directors should be held more liable than the cast.
June 5, 2014
Tweenie woodland warmongering is at the centre of this tonally haywire fantasy satire.
April 8, 2014
A breath of fresh air, whether you're looking for a good movie about kids or a good war picture.
November 10, 2013
It's a coming of age genuinely realized through fantasy meeting a cold dose of truth.
September 26, 2013
This Canadian feature cleverly mixes archetypes from war films and coming-of-age movies, defamiliarizing both genres in the process.
September 20, 2013
Both playful and nostalgic, it's the kind of movie that stands to be appreciated on some level by anyone who has ever pointed a stick and yelled, Powpowpow!
September 3, 2013
Co-directors Jason Lapeyre and Robert Wilson do little more than repeatedly echo the pic's theme after establishing the basic conceit of Lapeyre's script in the opening minutes.
August 31, 2013
It's both a nostalgic ode to the creativity of youth and a tragedy of growing up, wrapped in the graying dynamics of war as playtime...
August 30, 2013
... feels more like a sociological experiment than compelling drama.
August 30, 2013
With so much straightforward supernatural and/or dystopian teen violence, this is a welcomed and highly effective experiment in juggling preadolescent imagination and very real, adult life lessons.
August 30, 2013
Its unpredictable tone clicks back and forth between the comical and the serious like the safety catch on a firearm. But no matter what you ultimately think about it, you can't deny one thing: It's not like anything you've seen before.
August 30, 2013
I Declare War plays like a C-student's final exam essay on Lord of the Flies. Any interest in the game is overridden by the massive amounts of allegory lifted straight from Golding's novel.
August 30, 2013
Lapeyre hints that a game of War might get real
August 30, 2013
[A] surreal, strangely effective look at childhood imagination.
August 29, 2013
The performances may be slightly uneven across the cast of a dozen distinct personalities (plus a dog), but overall the effect works because, after all, they're just playacting ... right?
August 29, 2013
Imagination is what these filmmakers could use more of, as their ingenious concept doesn't develop much beyond gimmick.
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