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Testament Of Youth (2015)



Critic Consensus: Testament of Youth is well-acted and beautifully filmed, adding up to an enriching if not adventurous experience for fans of British period dramas.

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Testament of Youth is a powerful story of love, war and remembrance, based on the First World War memoir by Vera Brittain, which has become the classic testimony of that war from a woman's point of view. A searing journey from youthful hopes and dreams to the edge of despair and back again, it's a film about young love, the futility of war and how to make sense of the darkest times.(C) Sony Classics

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Alicia Vikander
as Vera Brittain
Kit Harington
as Roland Leighton
Dominic West
as Mr. Brittain
Emily Watson
as Mrs. Brittain
Taron Egerton
as Edward Brittain
Colin Morgan
as Victor Richardson
Miranda Richardson
as Miss Lorimer
Emily Bevan
as Mrs. Britain
Anna Chancellor
as Mrs. Leighton
Jonathan Bailey
as Geoffrey Thurlow
Alexandra Roach
as Winifred Holtby
Joanna Scanlan
as Aunt Belle
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All Critics (116) | Top Critics (30)

Somehow, Vikander sells it all, not with braying and big gestures, but with vulnerability, sincerity and the sort of ethereal realness that can't be quantified. More, please, more.

Full Review… | July 10, 2015
Detroit News
Top Critic

Though the movie at times feels oddly unfinished (you wonder what Miranda Richardson, in a tiny role as an Oxford professor, is there for), it's artful and moving.

Full Review… | July 9, 2015
Seattle Times
Top Critic

As a story, it evokes a word that no battlefield nurse would ever apply to her experiences: sterile.

Full Review… | July 9, 2015
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

Testament of Youth isn't a typical biopic; it's a heartfelt manual on forging ahead.

Full Review… | July 2, 2015
Miami Herald
Top Critic

In what is a well-acted but fairly typical prestige period drama, it's Vikander's nuanced performance as the resolute but still-vulnerable Vera who gives the film its depth.

Full Review… | June 19, 2015
Globe and Mail
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This is Vikander's film and she is very good here.

Full Review… | June 18, 2015
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Testament Of Youth

Based on the acclaimed novel, Testament of Youth is a provocative war drama that follows the experiences of Vera Brittain. After the breakout of World War I both her boyfriend and her brother enlist in England's army, and before long Vera herself feels the call to serve and drops out of university in order to be a voluntary nurse as part of England's war effort. Alicia Vikander gives an excellent performance that's quite impassioned, really capturing the character's struggles. The sets and costumes are also remarkably well-done, giving an authentic look and feel for the time period. However, there are some awkwardly inserted poetry scenes that don't really flow with the realistic tone of the film. And, the message is rather understated for such an influential novel. Yet Testament of Youth is a powerful film, and does an excellent job at portraying the unglamorous realities of war.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer

Absolutely loved this movie - have re-watched it several times. This is not your flashy, action-packed film. Rather, it is subtle, thoughtful, and - ultimately - hauntingly heart-wrenching. The characters recite poetry. Well, I found the whole movie poetic. The acting was excellent and Alicia Vikander - who I'd never heard of before I saw this - blew me away. She didn't overact where the situation might have made that tolerable. Rather, her understated, restrained portrayal touched me more than garish histrionics ever would have. The rest of the cast was excellent as well and I really loved the use of dialogue, cinematography, and music throughout the film, all serving to heighten the underlying, powerful emotions that the characters experience. I am really surprised this movie didn't get more press. For me, it was my hands-down favorite movie of 2015.

Sujata Bose
Sujata Bose

By necessity of source the film is structurally a little episodic, but otherwise I can't find fault in this powerful, stirring true story. The committed performances of Kit Harington and especially lead Alicia Vikander are perfect. A truly underrated film.

Daniel Parsons
Daniel Parsons

Super Reviewer

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