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.
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!
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
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
[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
"I Declare War" captures the awkwardness of preadolescence as well as any film since "Stand By Me."
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.
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.
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.
August 27, 2013
Its heroes are kids; its villains are kids; its fantasies are kids'. But its truths are adult.
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.
August 20, 2013
Writer/director Jason Lapeyre and co-director Robert Wilson made a movie with unknown kids that's thrilling, intelligent and emotional.
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