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Winter in Wartime Reviews

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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
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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
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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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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
April 21, 2011
Director Martin Koolhoven's film about one boy's struggle to make sense of the absurd - of the inhumanity of war and its effects on everyone around him.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 14, 2011
Winter in Wartime benefits from top-notch production values and a sturdy performance from its young lead, Martijn Lakemeier.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
April 2, 2011
It's an affecting, if somewhat flavorless, journey.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
March 31, 2011
Perhaps best suited to young teens, who will get a peer's view of life during wartime that will make them question what they would do, were they to face similar circumstances.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Leba Hertz
San Francisco Chronicle
March 24, 2011
Koolhoven is able to strip away both visually and mentally our idealized cinematic notions of how the resistance fighters lived. It's a lonely existence. It's stark and it's scary. And it makes for a compelling movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Denby
New Yorker
March 21, 2011
The film is stirring and visually beautiful but not quite interesting enough, morally or formally, to be first-rate.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 18, 2011
"Winter in Wartime" may serve as a useful way to introduce teens to what World War II in Europe was like.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
March 17, 2011
The movie immerses you in the consciousness of a restless boy desperate for initiation into the rest of his life.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
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
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
March 16, 2011
Carefully written, sensitively directed and beautifully acted...
| Original Score: 3/4
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Ella Taylor
Village Voice
March 15, 2011
Koolhoven's philosophical probing of human limitation among the good guys is all but overwhelmed by his commercial instincts and undeniable skill at juggling realism with genre.
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Boyd van Hoeij
Variety
July 6, 2010
Dutch helmer Martin Koolhoven finds the perfect blend of classical cinema and arthouse sensitivities.
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Stephen Farber
Hollywood Reporter
July 6, 2010
Young Lakemeier's performance is poignant without ever falling into sentimentality.