I Declare War Reviews

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.
June 5, 2014
Tweenie woodland warmongering is at the centre of this tonally haywire fantasy satire.
September 26, 2013
This Canadian feature cleverly mixes archetypes from war films and coming-of-age movies, defamiliarizing both genres in the process.
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.
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.
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
Imagination is what these filmmakers could use more of, as their ingenious concept doesn't develop much beyond gimmick.
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
The problem, mainly, is that Lapeyre's kids are stock types: runts, bullies, toadies, a girl with a big crush.
August 27, 2013
Its heroes are kids; its villains are kids; its fantasies are kids'. But its truths are adult.
August 20, 2013
Humor and hurt feelings collide in entertaining teen adventure.
May 10, 2013
The picture disturbs more than it amuses, but the overall effect is ultimately as scattershot as the ammo.
May 10, 2013
The obvious touchstones are Lord of the Flies and If, with a sprinkling of The Hunger Games added for some contemporary spice.