War Story

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Lee, a war photographer, spends most of her adult life in war zones documenting the catastrophes of other people. After she is kidnapped and brutalized in Libya, she recovers in Italy by helping a young Libyan trying to reach France.

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  • For much of the early going it's the burdened physicality that Keener brings to the role that tells us everything we need to know.

    August 7, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Jackson's spare, quietly powerful sophomore feature demonstrates an impressive control of mood and tone and the ability to tell a story largely without words.

    August 4, 2014 | Full Review…

    Scott Foundas

    Variety
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  • There's minimalist filmmaking that's quietly intriguing, and then there's emotional detachment that's stultifying to the point of being nap-inducing. War Story falls into the latter category.

    August 1, 2014 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • In Keener's hands, the collapse feels urgent but not unhinged, and Lee's trajectory from steely and determined to openly distraught lends an otherwise meandering film a strong core.

    July 31, 2014 | Full Review…

    Tomas Hachard

    NPR
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  • Catherine Keener rarely gets the chance to grab the spotlight all for herself. That makes this turgid drama especially disappointing.

    July 31, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • So often does Catherine Keener play snappish or smart-mouthed characters that it's startling to see her behaving so tired and ragged throughout much of War Story.

    July 31, 2014 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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