War and Peace Reviews

  • Feb 27, 2020

    About as much of a success as Napoleon's actual retreat from Moscow. This attempt at continuing the epic literary adaptation craze falls flat on its face right out of the gate and then drags the viewer along without much change for the next few hours, capped by a particularly poor performance from Hepburn.

    About as much of a success as Napoleon's actual retreat from Moscow. This attempt at continuing the epic literary adaptation craze falls flat on its face right out of the gate and then drags the viewer along without much change for the next few hours, capped by a particularly poor performance from Hepburn.

  • Dec 16, 2019

    For such an epic story, this movie was just meh. A truly strange cast. Some great actors but none of them really fit together. The battle scenes were good but most of the rest, not so good.

    For such an epic story, this movie was just meh. A truly strange cast. Some great actors but none of them really fit together. The battle scenes were good but most of the rest, not so good.

  • Oct 18, 2019

    Despite some superb performances, great art direction etc, it's just not a narrative optimal for a feature-length production. Long and boring but still quite meaningful and rewarding.

    Despite some superb performances, great art direction etc, it's just not a narrative optimal for a feature-length production. Long and boring but still quite meaningful and rewarding.

  • May 03, 2019

    The best epic movie ever made!

    The best epic movie ever made!

  • Mar 01, 2019

    This movie is an absolute classic. You must devote the time to immerse yourself in the story.

    This movie is an absolute classic. You must devote the time to immerse yourself in the story.

  • Jul 04, 2018

    the movie is good beecause nobody can make a bad movie from such a source, this film has all the silliness of the 50s, a bunch of dialogs that are not in the book, characters explaining why they what they do, when everybody gets it, henry fonda could have been a good bezucov like 30 years after this movie was made, but i still love the dance scene, and mel ferrer was okay

    the movie is good beecause nobody can make a bad movie from such a source, this film has all the silliness of the 50s, a bunch of dialogs that are not in the book, characters explaining why they what they do, when everybody gets it, henry fonda could have been a good bezucov like 30 years after this movie was made, but i still love the dance scene, and mel ferrer was okay

  • Jan 16, 2018

    Man I love these classy, elegant, epic, period pieces from the past. Well done.

    Man I love these classy, elegant, epic, period pieces from the past. Well done.

  • Aug 27, 2017

    interesting classic story that takes place around the battle of Napolean and the French vs. Russia

    interesting classic story that takes place around the battle of Napolean and the French vs. Russia

  • Sep 09, 2016

    War and Peace (1956) 208m. [2 and a half] D: King Vidor. Audrey Hepburn, Henry Fonda, Mel Ferrer. Very disappointing adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's magnificent book chronicles personal lives in middle of war-torn Russia during Napoleon's infamous 1812 invasion. Expensive, but often ineffectual, thanks to overlength, oversimplification from page to screen, and an abhorrently miscasting of Fonda in role of Russian banker-turned-soldier. You know there's something wrong when not even Audrey's face stops you from checking your watch. 1966 version of same name is way, way better.

    War and Peace (1956) 208m. [2 and a half] D: King Vidor. Audrey Hepburn, Henry Fonda, Mel Ferrer. Very disappointing adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's magnificent book chronicles personal lives in middle of war-torn Russia during Napoleon's infamous 1812 invasion. Expensive, but often ineffectual, thanks to overlength, oversimplification from page to screen, and an abhorrently miscasting of Fonda in role of Russian banker-turned-soldier. You know there's something wrong when not even Audrey's face stops you from checking your watch. 1966 version of same name is way, way better.

  • Apr 08, 2016

    Needed a Selznick to direct this vast canvas, on the scale of a Russian Gone With The Wind. Lacks authentic Russian flavour. Hepburn as Natasha and Jeremy Brett as Nicholas are best. Some mis-casting, especially Fonda as Pierre. Some of most touching scenes are actually voice-over soliloquies! Brett and Hepburn reunited for My Fair Lady 10 years later, and 30 years later (on TV) Brett became the greatest Sherlock Holmes of all time. Lom is better in Pink Panther! Fade-outs between scenes a mistake. Some scenes too long, others hardly exist. Rota score underwhelming. Worst line: Sonia: "Moscow's on fire! How terrible!" Understatement! Best lines: Natasha (to Pierre): "He (Andre's father) was the first person in the whole world to disapprove of me. I suppose you're not really grown up till that happens to you". Trivia: Henry Fonda's widow is now partner of Robert Wolders, who was Audrey Hepburn's partner at the time of her death!

    Needed a Selznick to direct this vast canvas, on the scale of a Russian Gone With The Wind. Lacks authentic Russian flavour. Hepburn as Natasha and Jeremy Brett as Nicholas are best. Some mis-casting, especially Fonda as Pierre. Some of most touching scenes are actually voice-over soliloquies! Brett and Hepburn reunited for My Fair Lady 10 years later, and 30 years later (on TV) Brett became the greatest Sherlock Holmes of all time. Lom is better in Pink Panther! Fade-outs between scenes a mistake. Some scenes too long, others hardly exist. Rota score underwhelming. Worst line: Sonia: "Moscow's on fire! How terrible!" Understatement! Best lines: Natasha (to Pierre): "He (Andre's father) was the first person in the whole world to disapprove of me. I suppose you're not really grown up till that happens to you". Trivia: Henry Fonda's widow is now partner of Robert Wolders, who was Audrey Hepburn's partner at the time of her death!