War Horse Reviews

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Kristal Cooper
We Got This Covered
September 15, 2012
It's too bad that Steven Spielberg's latest film War Horse doesn't quite live up to the example set by its majestic titular character.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
William Bibbiani
August 22, 2012
A two-and-a-half hour sightseeing tour through David O. Selznick's junk drawer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/10
Tom Clift
January 24, 2012
A little bit of sentiment is one thing, Steven. But this is simply labourious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Rich Heldenfels
Akron Beacon Journal
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
Top Critic
December 23, 2011
It's not that a film can't be lighthearted family fare, a gritty war epic and a weepie all at once; the problem is that here, those elements feel strictly compartmentalized -- and calculated.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5
Glenn Dunks
September 8, 2013
They will keep trying and trying until only the blackest of hearts are left un-moved. I guess I should hand in my organ donation card because I clearly don't have a heart judging from the dismissive reaction I had to this patently artificial film.
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
December 21, 2011
If it were genuinely the 1940s-era relic it often mimics, it would be justly forgotten.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
Alonso Duralde
December 22, 2011
With the exception of a few lovely scenes, it's a hollow and bombastic piece of work, clobbering you over the head with its epic-ness when it's not cinematically yanking at your nosehairs in the hopes that you'll cry.
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
January 6, 2012
Spielberg has been accused of being Capraesque in his heart-tugging films. For War Horse, he goes all John Ford. Unfortunately, it's not a terribly compelling film.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
December 25, 2011
The equine SCHINDLER'S LIST. Bloated and mawkish, overdone with underwritten characters. This critic gives it a thundering hooves' down.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Top Critic
Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
December 26, 2011
Tonally jarring and structurally disjointed, it's a punishingly long and bumpy ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Joanna Langfield
The Movie Minute
December 21, 2011
Steven Spielberg's epic drama is technically superb and clearly heartfelt. It is also, I'm sad to say, an odd mix that sometimes soars, sometimes, doesn't.
December 21, 2011
If you want some of that old Spielberg magic, go see Tintin instead.
Full Review | Original Score: 66/100
Robert Levin
Film School Rejects
December 23, 2011
A stodgy, ridiculous movie with a horse that simultaneously serves as an allegory for the bond that unites all mankind and as a symbol of profound, idealized purity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jim Vejvoda
IGN Movies
December 19, 2011
Sorry, Mr. Spielberg, but this one gets a "C" biscuit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3 stars
Todd Gilchrist
The Playlist
December 16, 2011
It doesn't tarnish Spielberg's reputation as a virtuoso purveyor of four-square mainstream entertainment... but if you're making a film that feels like a surefire award-winner, then at the very least it needs to feel like it's worthy of those awards.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Eric D. Snider
December 28, 2011
he periodic attempts to anthropomorphize Joey by having him "volunteer" for a difficult task so a fellow horse (his girlfriend, I think) won't have to do it are just silly.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald
December 25, 2011
War Horse has the distinction of being the biggest movie disappointment of 2011.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Orndorf
December 23, 2011
While it seems like grand slam material for the bearded maestro, the story rarely gets off the ground, lost between its dreamy storybook qualities and need to reinforce the bone-chilling tragedy of war.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Joshua Tyler
December 22, 2011
Feels like a good stage play that never quite makes a full transition into the world of movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012

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May 4, 2012
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