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Winter in Wartime Reviews

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August 25, 2017
Winter in Wartime is a sad, surprising film.
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
November 1, 2013
A child-witness-to-war movie gets lost in a convention-driven screenplay
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
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
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
July 23, 2011
... strong and natural performances ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
June 1, 2011
...a naive story that has some of the dreamy qualities of a remembered myth
Full Review | Original Score: 86/100
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
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
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
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
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
May 13, 2011
Young Lakemeier, who plays Michiel, makes his feature film debut and rises to the challenge of scenes that would test the older, more experienced performers who surround him.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
April 29, 2011
This is a wonderfully realized human adventure, the tragedy and heartache inherent in warfare coupled with inner bursts of heroism magnetically brought to life first frame to last.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
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
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
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