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I Declare War Reviews

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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
Top Critic
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+
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
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
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
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
September 12, 2012
...there's just nothing real at stake here...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Todd Jorgenson
August 30, 2013
... feels more like a sociological experiment than compelling drama.
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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
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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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.
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
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
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
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
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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.
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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.
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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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
Roger Moore
Movie Nation
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
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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