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The Railway Man Reviews

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Nathan Bartlebaugh
The Film Stage
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Francesca Rudkin
New Zealand Herald
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Kong Rithdee
Bangkok Post
May 11, 2016
The Railway Man, meanwhile, leaves you with tears and hope. Hell is over, only when it isn't.
Martin Roberts
Fan The Fire
November 7, 2014
Although the film itself is not exceptional, it tells an important story with a well-articulated message, and for that reason merits attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
October 10, 2014
As an Oscar winner for The King's Speech (2010), Firth has nothing to prove. But this is a performance which he might eventually consider to be his finest, speaking volumes for men who quietly carried the burdens of evil on their shoulders.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Shawn Hazelett
Under the Radar
August 15, 2014
The Railway Man is an ambitious, well-intentioned film plagued by flat, predictable storytelling
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Jason Best
Movie Talk
June 15, 2014
Colin Firth delivers another of his masterly portrayals of stiff-upper-lipped emotional reserve, but his character's stuffy reticence means that it is all the more powerful when he eventually reveals the depths of hurt left by his harrowing experiences.
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
June 6, 2014
The tears this film evokes are tears of joy at seeing a man find the grace to confront his past.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald
May 23, 2014
Intense, well-acted, worth seeing but the back and forth, past to present barely works.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
May 23, 2014
Compelling story is sporadically effective
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
May 15, 2014
For all its classic-era echoes, the structure of The Railway Man with its nightmares, flashbacks and even outright fantasy scenes is fairly modern, making the film much more than an exercise in 'making them like they used to.'
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Mal Vincent
The Virginian-Pilot
May 13, 2014
The romance and marriage of [Nicole] Kidman's and [Colin] Firth's characters are too quick. His dementia is abrupt. The finding of the Japanese tormentor seems too easy. The retribution, while moving, seems a bit pat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
May 13, 2014
...a well-intentioned prestige picture that's rarely as engrossing as its electrifying logline...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
May 9, 2014
Old-fashioned, sorrowful WWII drama shows an even grimmer side of the Bridge on the River Kwai story.
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Wesley Morris
May 8, 2014
The filmmakers don't have the nerve for a serious consideration of trauma, vengeance, and forgiveness.
Chris Sawin
April 25, 2014
The Railway Man is a shell-shocked, war induced, hallucinogenic fever dream driven by life altering torture and the emotional powerhouse performance of Colin Firth.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Katherine Monk
April 25, 2014
It's a milk run of emotions and historical landscapes, but The Railway Man still chugs along the tracks of time to reach a decent narrative destination, thanks in large part to Colin Firth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
April 25, 2014
Firth is especially good, showing Eric as he battles to put aside his rage to find forgiveness for his haunted ex-tormenter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 25, 2014
Beautifully acted, The Railway Man is profoundly moving, and yet, somehow, its sentimental ending manages to be both unearned and predictable.
| Original Score: 3/4
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