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.
April 24, 2014
The truth of what happened to him is devastating; the truth of how he found forgiveness in his soul is astonishing.
April 24, 2014
A consistently fine actor, Firth does marvelous work here, as Lomax must balance the demons of his past with the specter of forgiveness.
April 24, 2014
"The Railway Man" is a polished locomotive that never builds up steam or deviates from its timetable.
April 18, 2014
Firth and Kidman are both up for the challenge, complementing the compelling story with measured and memorable performances.
April 17, 2014
A prestige film that sometimes feels more like a history assignment than entertainment.
April 17, 2014
Makes its targets clear: redemption, love, healing, handkerchiefs.
April 17, 2014
Throughout, Firth compellingly plays a man struggling to make sense of the ordeal that his life has become. Too often, though, you can feel the movie struggling right along with him.
April 17, 2014
It's a good, slick and well-intentioned film that wants so hard to be an important one that the slight feeling of letdown it leaves is magnified.
April 17, 2014
The cast is excellent and the screenplay, by Frank Cottrell Boyce and Andy Paterson, is delicately attuned to the emotional cost of war and the terrible struggle to be healed.
April 17, 2014
[It] has many problems but also has Colin Firth ...
April 14, 2014
A morally admirable but dramatically inert case of high-minded reconciliation ...
April 11, 2014
Firth is very good at playing racked men of high principle.
April 11, 2014
Throughout his career, Firth repeatedly has proven himself to be a master at steadily revealing his characters, and the way his Lomax eventually reclaims his identity before enjoying some redemption is gently stirring.
April 11, 2014
In the end, for a movie about such a grim and grotesque chapter in history "The Railway Man" commits the most improbable sin of all. It's dull.
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