Waiting for Anya

2020

Waiting for Anya

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Adapted from the novel by the author of War Horse, Waiting for Anya follows Jo Lalande (Noah Schnapp), a thirteen-year-old shepherd boy, and reclusive widow Horcada (Anjelica Huston), who come together with their village to help smuggle Jewish children into Spain during the harrows of WWII.

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All Critics (21) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (13)

  • Budget limitations, tonal inconsistencies and several creaky supporting performances are just some of the elements that scupper this worthy if ultimately inept Michael Morpurgo adaptation.

    February 24, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • The film is gorgeous to look at, all alpine meadow flowers and glorious green mountains. But the drama loses momentum pretty early on.

    February 20, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Cath Clarke

    Guardian
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  • Despite the obvious sincerity of the filmmakers, the best efforts of Jean Reno and Anjelica Huston, and some lovely scenery, it remains overly didactic.

    February 7, 2020 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • This adaptation of Michael Morpugo's children's novel means well, but its insipid approach to history makes watching it feel like a homework assignment.

    February 6, 2020 | Full Review…
  • As harrowing as Jo's ordeal may be, the movie doesn't fail to provide the obligatory uplift.

    February 6, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Despite its laudable intentions, Waiting for Anya proves less impactful than it should be.

    February 5, 2020 | Full Review…

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