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War Horse


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Release Date :

December 25, 2011

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Director :

Steven Spielberg

Starring :

Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, Peter Mullan, David Thewlis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Graham, Tom Hiddleston, Niels Arestrup, Celine Buckens, David Kross, Patrick Kennedy, Rainer Bock, Nicolas Bro, Leonard Carow, Robert Emms

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3 of 4

“..watching War Horse is like turning the pages of a very long children's book, each chapter a different adventure..”
by Peter Howell [Toronto Star]
Review rate : B

“..too much of this film is felt on a cinematic level instead of an emotional one..”
by Peter Rainer [Christian Science Monitor]
3 of 5

“..there is much to be admired here..”
by Elizabeth Weitzman [New York Daily News]
4 of 4

“..the humor and spirit that had such a profound impact on audiences young and old are not only preserved, but enhanced by the personalities of real animals..”
by Rex Reed [New York Observer]
3 of 4

“..the film's dialogue is sometimes cliched, but that's mostly beside the point..”
by Claudia Puig [USA Today]
Review rate : B

“..the director reveals fate's grim designs keeps the melodrama on an even emotional keel..”
by William Goss [Film.com]
4 of 4

“..so guileless that it allows us to experience the war on a purely sensory and emotional level..”
by Kyle Smith [New York Post]
“..pure, forthright emotions, pastoral visuals, mythic aspirations, insistent music and an exalted view of its titular species..”
by Justin Chang [Variety]
3 of 4

“..not to say the scenes of combat and conflict here are not unsettling..”
by Steven Rea [Philadelphia Inquirer]
“..newcomers delivering expansive, emotional and almost entirely sympathetic performances..”
by Todd McCarthy [Hollywood Reporter]
“..it's like watching this filmmaker's philosophy, embodied in a single sequence..”
by Mick LaSalle [San Francisco Chronicle]
Review rate : A-

“..in the way of real horses, awesome to behold..”
by Lisa Schwarzbaum [Entertainment Weekly]
“..draws on his three most important influences-John Ford, David Lean, and Walt Disney..”
by Ben Sachs [Chicago Reader]
4 of 5

“..breathtaking in its visual scope and texture, gritty in its depiction of World War I battles and borderline lachrymose in its emotional manipulation..”
by Bill Goodykoontz [Arizona Republic]
“..boldly emotional, nakedly heartfelt, War Horse will leave only the stoniest hearts untouched..”
by Richard Corliss [TIME Magazine]
3 of 4

“..as impressive as coasting gets, but it's coasting all the same..”
by Ty Burr [Boston Globe]
3 of 4

“..although neither film could be considered "triumphant," each shows flashes of the elements that have made Spielberg so respected..”
by James Berardinelli [ReelViews]

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