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Winter in Wartime Reviews

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April 8, 2011
"Winter" makes a complicated war look ridiculously simple.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
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 28, 2011
Here's the film's biggest obstacle: It's patently ridiculous.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
March 18, 2011
A few of the performances are fine. But this is still a story we've heard before. Only this time, as it's being told, someone's playing his favorite records far too loud.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 7, 2011
There's the potential for rich psychological head games here, and "Winter in Wartime'' flirts with them before giving itself over to contrivances.
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
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 17, 2008
It's all a little staid. Kids these days may demand a little more edge.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
March 17, 2011
Koolhoven elicits strong performances in the handsomely photographed feature but fails to sustain tension, creating a work that's smooth and reassuring, never truly gripping.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
February 16, 2010
It's a little on the obvious side, not helped by an overweening musical score.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
March 21, 2011
Melodramatic and predictable, Winter in Wartime wants to be tough but settles for compellingly familiar.
April 1, 2011
View the Second World War through a child's eyes and the result isn't hard to predict: a loss-of-innocence tale. Winter in Wartime is the boilerplate version, with the already dramatic facts of the era ramped up to melodramatic levels.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 7, 2011
Koolhoven humanizes some of the enemy soldiers, but despite a monochromatic palette depicting winter bleakness, he fails to build an atmosphere of urgency or menace to undercut the sometimes corny predictability.
April 7, 2011
If you've seen one slow-motion "Noooooooo!" as a firing squad lets loose, you've seen 'em all.
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
April 12, 2010
The final plot twist acts as the catalyst for an edge-of-your-seat finale, one of several exciting set pieces.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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.
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