War Horse Reviews

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January 12, 2012
War Horse is a pre-packaged brand, rather than a movie.
January 12, 2012
Heavy-handed melodrama with flashes of brilliance.
January 10, 2012
Spielberg still manages to surprise and impress.
January 6, 2012
The trouble here is not so much that Spielberg's film staunchly insists on finding a happy ending even in the calamity of the First World War, but that he slathers it on so thick and leaves so soft an impression.
January 5, 2012
The material sometimes feels oversugared, though it's also guaranteed to raise a lump in your throat.
December 31, 2011
Tthe images have what I can only describe as a wonderful texture. They also have intense color: deep gemlike greens and reds, with black shadows out of an old master painting.
December 30, 2011
We never ask why the production is devoted to an animal while ten million men are dying, but when Spielberg does the story realistically, it seems trivial, even a little daft.
December 30, 2011
Amid the incomprehensible slaughter, it's a horse that reminds these warriors of their humanity.
December 30, 2011
A film that may stay in the mind's eye longer than it lingers in the heart.
December 28, 2011
There isn't a moment in the movie where you don't feel Spielberg's passion, and this time, the film is worthy of his enthusiasm. It's a knockout.
December 26, 2011
Tonally jarring and structurally disjointed, it's a punishingly long and bumpy ride.
December 26, 2011
It's almost a great war movie in one direction, and almost a piece of irredeemable cheese in the other, and there you have it.
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.
December 23, 2011
The result isn't groundbreaking, but it's gratifying.
December 23, 2011
Robustly entertaining.
December 23, 2011
The incredible emotive power of this horse and the way in which the filmmakers were able to translate it on-screen are what stay with you.
December 23, 2011
Call it "lesser Spielberg" and put it alongside Always and Hook.
December 23, 2011
Spielberg's phenomenal skill for making images remains undiminished. The rows in a piece of knitting dissolve into the furrows in a stony field; men's bodies fly through the air like broken dolls. Some images are too fussed over, but every one is striking.
December 23, 2011
Those who say they don't make 'em like they used to must now fall silent.
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.
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