Winter in Wartime


Winter in Wartime

Critics Consensus

A gripping, handsomely shot World War II melodrama with thriller elements successfully mixed in.



Total Count: 64


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User Ratings: 4,005
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Nazi-occupied Holland, 1945. In a snow-covered village, thirteen-year-old MICHIEL (Martijn Lakemeier) is drawn into the Resistance when he aids a wounded British paratrooper. Michiel's boyish sense of defiance and adventure soon turns to danger and desperation, as Michiel is forced to act without knowing whom to trust among the adults and townspeople around him. Wartime's harsh reality encroaches on childhood innocence as Michiel confronts good and evil, courage and duplicity, and his own burden of responsibility. -- (C) Sony Pictures Classics


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Critic Reviews for Winter in Wartime

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  • Sep 09, 2011
    I like this movie quite a bit, but I just felt that there was something missing that would've made it great. I'm not sure exactly what it was, but there was something that completely detached me from the experience. I shouldn't even say that because that must imply I was attached to any of the characters, when I wasn't and that's probably what was missing from the movie. I never had any connection to the characters, so I didn't really care about them in the long run. The movie is well put together and well acted, but I just felt nothing towards the characters. The pacing is also slightly erratic and the last act of the movie feels like a series of unfortunate events that makes this part of the movie come across as hokey. It's a good movie but one that I find is incredibly flawed.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Aug 23, 2011
    A family is torn apart by loyalties, fear, secrecy and distrust while their freezing little world disintegrates around them. Excellent acting, cinematography for a rare coming-of-age piece. Powerful ending. Really good film!
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 25, 2011
    A look at a young lad during ocupation by the nazis in holland during ww2 and his conflicts when he gets involved with a stranded english pilot, adding to this the involvment of family members in the dutch resistence and them not wanting him to get involved. a well told story, which the story is always interesting, and a well told story of a young mans turmoil during world war 2
    scott g Super Reviewer
  • Feb 24, 2010
    A compelling, incredibly thrilling masterpiece. More thoughts to come.
    Kyle S Super Reviewer

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