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I Declare War Reviews

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Jared Mobarak
The Film Stage
June 28, 2016
I Declare War proves potent from the simple fact these minors portray soldiers without censor.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Rob Gonsalves
July 15, 2015
A bitter but paradoxically entertaining fantasia.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
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.
Leslie Felperin
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Adam Lee Davies
Little White Lies
June 5, 2014
Tweenie woodland warmongering is at the centre of this tonally haywire fantasy satire.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dan Schindel
Movie Mezzanine
April 8, 2014
A breath of fresh air, whether you're looking for a good movie about kids or a good war picture.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
September 26, 2013
This Canadian feature cleverly mixes archetypes from war films and coming-of-age movies, defamiliarizing both genres in the process.
Mike Scott
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!
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Leydon
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.
Mark Bell
Film Threat
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...
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Todd Jorgenson
August 30, 2013
... feels more like a sociological experiment than compelling drama.
Steve Davis
Austin Chronicle
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Odie Henderson
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
August 30, 2013
Lapeyre hints that a game of War might get real
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jordan Hoffman
New York Daily News
August 30, 2013
[A] surreal, strangely effective look at childhood imagination.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Annlee Ellingson
Los Angeles Times
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?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Keough
Boston Globe
August 29, 2013
Imagination is what these filmmakers could use more of, as their ingenious concept doesn't develop much beyond gimmick.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
August 29, 2013
"I Declare War" captures the awkwardness of preadolescence as well as any film since "Stand By Me."
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
August 29, 2013
Lapeyre and Wilson provide both a commentary on the effects of real-life combat on its participants and an authentic look at how kids really get along.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Joe Gross
Austin American-Statesman
August 29, 2013
I Declare War works best not as a Lord of the Flies riff but as a solid look at how close middle-school emotions are to the surface and how imaginary wars become real-life conflicts in the space of a too-harsh word.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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