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War Horse Reviews

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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
August 22, 2012
A two-and-a-half hour sightseeing tour through David O. Selznick's junk drawer.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/10
December 23, 2011
Spielberg works in some hefty homages to Gone with the Wind, The Searchers and Paths of Glory that may draw a few impressed gasps... or a couple of eye rolls.
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 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
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
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.
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
September 24, 2012
It's about as manipulative a film has Steven Spielberg has ever made - a movie that's been custom-designed from the ground up to play a sad harp solo on the heartstrings; a story cynically told to invoke as many tears as possible.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
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.
Read More | Original Score: B-
January 9, 2018
All the sumptuous pomp and sweep add up to little more than an inflated remake of Lassie Come Home, a step backwards from his mostly splendid mature films that feels closer to the labored and hollow Spielberg pastiche of Super 8.
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
December 26, 2011
Tonally jarring and structurally disjointed, it's a punishingly long and bumpy ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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
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
December 19, 2011
Sorry, Mr. Spielberg, but this one gets a "C" biscuit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3 stars
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+
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
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