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Winter in Wartime Reviews

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 10, 2014
...there's a lack of momentum here that prevents the viewer from connecting to the material on a frustratingly continuous basis...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
November 1, 2013
A child-witness-to-war movie gets lost in a convention-driven screenplay
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
January 10, 2013
A most involving and touching coming of age tale set in a time and place when childhood was a luxury few families or nations could afford.
Eric Melin
September 9, 2011
Shot beautifully and it evokes its setting well, but sometimes the movie relies a little too much on plot trickery and not enough on the emotional state of its main character.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
July 29, 2011
Spielbergian touches...a good enough mainstream drama, but one can't help but feel it's a missed opportunity to give Terlouw a more textured treatment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
July 23, 2011
... strong and natural performances ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
July 11, 2011
Sometimes familiarity is a good thing, and Koolhoven combines two familiar kinds of stories - the resistance drama and the coming-of-age drama - in a compelling way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
June 1, 2011
...a naive story that has some of the dreamy qualities of a remembered myth
Full Review | Original Score: 86/100
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum
May 27, 2011
The acting is superb, with Lakemeier the anchor surrounded by a talented ensemble. The soundtrack is effective in ratcheting up the suspense. Other strengths are the cinematography, sound and production design.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Loey Lockerby
Kansas City Star
May 27, 2011
Director Martin Koolhoven, adapting Jan Terlouw's 1972 novel, maintains the constant tension of a world where every stray word or glance could lead to tragedy.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
May 27, 2011
This is an often emotionally harrowing depiction of a young idealist running smack into the brutal reality of occupied life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
May 20, 2011
Visually unremarkable, and worse than that when Koolhoven tries too hard: During a dramatic execution scene, the film shifts to slow-motion and the soundtrack becomes awash in angelic, choral harmonies; the effect is kitschy and bathetic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
May 13, 2011
Winter in Wartime doesn't reinvent the World War II drama, but it doesn't have to; it works solidly within the genre with affecting if predictable results.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tony Macklin
May 4, 2011
Winter in Wartime is an evocative Dutch movie about Michiel, a youthful adolescent coming of age in Nazi-occupied Holland in January 1945. The film is full of symbols that give depth and texture to Michiel's fateful journey.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 29, 2011
Writer-director Martin Koolhoven hits just the right balance of domesticity and oppression here, setting up the film's tense second half with sweet early touches of naivete.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Sarah Boslaugh
April 29, 2011
...carries an R rating in the U.S., which means that not many children the age of the young protagonist (13) will get to see it, yet it has too many hallmarks of a juvenile film to satisfy most adults.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 29, 2011
It's got a grown-up artfulness, but "Winter in Wartime" could become a lot of boys' favorite movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Justin Strout
Orlando Weekly
April 28, 2011
Here's the film's biggest obstacle: It's patently ridiculous.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times
April 28, 2011
Nothing about Koolhoven's film is stunning, but it's a solid piece of work, occasionally feeling as tense as life-and-death situations with Nazis should be.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
April 22, 2011
What makes "Winter" really special is its complex exploration of the theme of heroism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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