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War Horse Reviews

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March 22, 2012
If it doesn't quite manage to tap the well of emotion that this type of film aims to access, it's because of problems inherent to the basic pitch, rather than the execution.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 10, 2012
After the recent disappointment of a few donkey movies, director Steven Spielberg gallops back onto the big screen with a cinematic stallion in War Horse.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
February 22, 2012
[Not] entirely satisfying … Somehow, though, the sum of the parts are more than the whole … It is a film of a kind we don't see any more, that it would be good to see more of.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 17, 2012
full review at Movies for the Masses
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 27, 2012
If any movie released in 2011 screams, "Oscar Bait!," louder than Steve Spielberg's War Horse than I haven't seen it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 26, 2012
In spite of a few moving scenes, it's labored, too long and too gorgeously shot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 26, 2012
War Horse is a long, boring and vaguely insulting mess that offers up the depressing sight of an infinitely talented filmmaker simply going through the motions.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
January 24, 2012
A little bit of sentiment is one thing, Steven. But this is simply labourious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 21, 2012
Unfortunately it has the director's usual heavy-handed and overstated ploys.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
January 20, 2012
... the movie is easy to admire. Adoration, however, never comes. For that, something's missing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 19, 2012
...a sporadically electrifying yet terminally uneven (and overlong) piece of work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 16, 2012
A grand spectacle of a movie, War Horse' is an epic about loyalty, friendship and the horrors of war. Based on a marvelous book, Spielberg delivers a sweeping adventure that will become an instant classic among those who love old-fashioned storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 16, 2012
If it lags in the middle, it can be forgiven, because it has a warm heart despite its inconsistencies
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 15, 2012
Children and the elderly will love it.
January 15, 2012
Audiences will either be overwhelmed by the impact or find themselves fighting to resist it.
January 15, 2012
The movie's pastoral values bypass the head to massage the heart. The cracker-barrel philosophy, the piety, the unreconstructed belief in heroism and gallantry, it's all so reassuring; it's like the second half of the 20th century never happened.
January 13, 2012
A couple battle sequences are filmed with great care, but War Horse is still essentially a trite, manipulative soap opera run through the lens of World War I to give it a lot of historic and artistic sensibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
January 13, 2012
Despite a thoroughbred cast, War Horse falls short because it tries too hard to tug our heartstrings.
January 13, 2012
War Horse is not so much a story of universal suffering told through the eyes of a horse but a Boys' Own ripping yarn. It is a good yarn well paced and well made.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 13, 2012
Steven Spielberg directs this handsome Oscar-tipped film version of the heart-rending tale from a script by Richard Curtis and Lee Hall.
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