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Passchendaele
Follows the exploits of Canadian soldiers leading up to one of the key battles of World War I that was fought over nearly four months in 1917.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 36%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As a director, Gross paints in big, emotive strokes, and though his dialogue often feels too tied to historical fact, this old-fashioned, patriotic war movie has its heart in the right place."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"Passchendaele hearkens back to war films of decades past, when patriotism, valour and integrity were presented without irony. But it is infused with the stoicism of people who know it is their job to try to find meaning within an insane situation."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"It's hard to overstake how unimaginably dreadful is Passchendaele, a First World War drama that does Canada's already ropey film-making reputation no favours whatsoever."
‑ Wendy Ide, Times [UK]
"A romantic weepie that tugs at the heart strings... In our more cynical age it just feels incredibly corny and obvious although the final 20 minutes amidst the mud and carnage are well-staged."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"A poignant and occasionally profound film out of a page in history."
‑ Bruce Kirkland, Jam! Movies
"The scenes may be embarrassing, but at least Gross can't be accused of playing it safe."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Toronto fest opener crudely welds the grisly verisimilitude of Saving Private Ryan to the contempo cultural revisionism of Pearl Harbor but can't forge the disparate tones into a powerful whole."
‑ Eddie Cockrell, Variety
"Director-star Paul Gross may have noble intentions, but his film is plodding, to put it kindly: filled with over-scrubbed sets, glutinous tinkling music, and desperately pedestrian dialogue exchanges."
‑ Andrew Pulver, Guardian
"For most of its length the film keeps to the home front, saving its dramatic switch to the Western Front for the final reel, by which point the plot has nailed its rather novelettish colours to the mast."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"A war movie that can't make up its mind whether war is bad or something one can be proud of."
‑ Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
"A kind of Canadian World War I version of Pearl Harbor recast with TV actors and made on a tenth of the budget - yet for all that more endearing than Pearl Harbour."
‑ Catherine Bray, Film4
"It is impossible not to be moved by the nightmare of the trenches, but Passchendaele is a frustratingly uneven movie."
‑ David West, Filmstar Magazine
"Game, set and dry match"
‑ S. James Wegg, JWR
More reviews for Passchendaele on Rotten Tomatoes

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