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I Declare War Reviews

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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
August 29, 2013
The problem, mainly, is that Lapeyre's kids are stock types: runts, bullies, toadies, a girl with a big crush.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
August 24, 2013
The film rarely takes us past its rather obvious conclusions about the potential bestial nature of kids and how that may translate to the larger battlefields.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 5, 2014
Tweenie woodland warmongering is at the centre of this tonally haywire fantasy satire.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 10, 2013
The picture disturbs more than it amuses, but the overall effect is ultimately as scattershot as the ammo.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 12, 2012
...there's just nothing real at stake here...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 30, 2013
... feels more like a sociological experiment than compelling drama.
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
August 30, 2013
Lapeyre hints that a game of War might get real
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
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
June 28, 2016
I Declare War proves potent from the simple fact these minors portray soldiers without censor.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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
November 10, 2013
It's a coming of age genuinely realized through fantasy meeting a cold dose of truth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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
August 27, 2013
Its heroes are kids; its villains are kids; its fantasies are kids'. But its truths are adult.
September 26, 2013
This Canadian feature cleverly mixes archetypes from war films and coming-of-age movies, defamiliarizing both genres in the process.
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
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
March 28, 2013
A sometimes chilling, heavy-headed allegory about kids and conflict, and sometimes an amusing send-up of war movie cliches.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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