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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.
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
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
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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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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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
Brian Orndorf
August 28, 2013
A tangle of realism set loose inside an arena of unreality, and it's utterly compelling drama, never slipping into a deflating self-awareness.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
August 27, 2013
Its heroes are kids; its villains are kids; its fantasies are kids'. But its truths are adult.
Matt Donato
We Got This Covered
August 22, 2013
I Declare War uses children to address issues that plague all generations, lulling you into a sense of creativity and wonder, only to lay some pretty heavy storylines that make our characters seem years beyond their true ages.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Fred Topel
August 20, 2013
Writer/director Jason Lapeyre and co-director Robert Wilson made a movie with unknown kids that's thrilling, intelligent and emotional.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Devin Faraci
August 20, 2013
It's a loving, fun, extraordinarily well made celebration of the imagination and worldview of being 12. It's sweet but never sentimental. I loved it.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
August 20, 2013
Humor and hurt feelings collide in entertaining teen adventure.
Garry McConnachie
Daily Record (UK)
July 30, 2013
A razor-sharp portrayal of the cruel - and sometimes brutal - nature of growing up.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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