The Railway Man Reviews

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June 9, 2017
The Railway Man holds great possibility but wanders off track.
May 8, 2014
The filmmakers don't have the nerve for a serious consideration of trauma, vengeance, and forgiveness.
April 25, 2014
The critical problems are an overbusy time-jumping script and reliance on the conventions of the trauma drama - flashbacks, fragmentation, distorted time and space - that prove more a barrier than a window into the character's inner lives.
April 25, 2014
Beautifully acted, The Railway Man is profoundly moving, and yet, somehow, its sentimental ending manages to be both unearned and predictable.
April 24, 2014
Why does the movie leave one cold?
April 24, 2014
The quality of mercy isn't just strained in The Railway Man, it's measured out by the teaspoonful.
June 8, 2019
The Railway Man remains a moving film, with strong performances, but its intentions are perhaps better than its delivery.
June 7, 2019
It's a very British film which, behind its initially stiff upper lip, connects with deep emotions that make it a quietly moving story of forgiveness and redemption.
March 7, 2019
Teplikzky has produced a rushed, soulless and utterly unconvincing BBC drama -- and a poor one at that.
December 11, 2018
The first two thirds of the film seem to be building towards a satisfying resolution, but it gets there only after taking an improbable twist, and that left a sour taste in my mouth.
November 18, 2018
The film's attempt at moral equivalence when Lomax seems destined to act a fitting revenge on his old captor feels not only a touch vindictive, but also incredibly didactic.
November 16, 2018
Eric Lomax chronicled his remarkable personal odyssey in a moving and confronting memoir, and this gripping film adaptation does not hold back on detailing the horrifying ordeal he endured.
August 14, 2018
The Railway Man gives us facts, but struggles to keep the audience's attention with its slow-going and emotionally distant script.
February 22, 2018
I don't know if there's a right way to show torture, but there are certainly lots of wrong ways, one being The Railway Man, possibly the dullest film about torture I've ever seen.
February 2, 2018
Scrupulously tasteful films stuffed with Oscar-winning talent have a tendency to feel like awards bait, but Railway Man manages to escape such charges. A modest, old-fashioned film it may be, but with cumulative power that's surprisingly affecting.
September 27, 2017
This is an effective story of war, peace, forgiveness and revenge.
September 6, 2017
It's well acted, with a few moments of remarkable intensity, but it's not a journey you'd rush to take.
August 11, 2017
The Railway Man is probably the best film you haven't seen this year.
June 6, 2016
It does its best to honor the unique compassion of the account without succumbing to schmaltz or banal arthouse prestige. The success rate here is a little better than half.
May 17, 2016
Flicking back and forth in time may not make for a smooth narrative, but the message of forgiveness and reconciliation comes through loud and clear -- this is quite an extraordinary tale.
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