Life During Wartime (1997) - Rotten Tomatoes

Life During Wartime (1997)



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A pair of unethical burglar-alarm salesmen break into homes in order to scare up business.
R (sex, violence)
Comedy , Drama
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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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David Arquette
as Tommy Hudler
Stanley Tucci
as Heinrich Grigoris
Kate Capshaw
as Gale Ancona
Ryan Reynolds
as Howard Ancona
Tricia Vessey
as April Brody
Michael Learned
as Beth Hudler
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Critic Reviews for Life During Wartime

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (5)

It's a film of small delights rather than a home run, and an encouraging first foray for Dunsky.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Unable to decide where to go or what tone to adopt, it ends up treading water.

January 1, 2000
New York Times
Top Critic

As a showcase for Tucci's comic skills, "The Alarmist" succeeds. We start the film feeling buoyed by his roosterlike energy and audacity, and we end it feeling let down by a script that can't quite decide what it wants to say.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Electric performances, the plot, and the cheerful guitar score by Christophe Beck, help make The Alarmist a fun and... well... "quirky" experience.

Full Review… | May 26, 2006
Combustible Celluloid

Although not without its flaws, The Alarmist is an intriguing and often hilarious look at urban life in the late 1990's.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Urban Cinefile

First-time filmmaker Dunsky doesn't always know where to place his camera to maximize the edgy humor that lurks near the script's surface.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for Life During Wartime

Good movie, good plot, excellent cast. As sad as this may sound, as funny as the movie can be, it is also serious. Someone who installs a security system of some sort may actually break into your house or car.

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Jennifer M

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