The Railway Man
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Based on the remarkable bestselling autobiography, THE RAILWAY MAN tells the extraordinary and epic true story of Eric Lomax (Colin Firth), a British Army officer who is tormented as a prisoner of war at a Japanese labor camp during World War II. Decades later, Lomax and his beautiful love interest Patti (Nicole Kidman) discover that the Japanese interpreter responsible for much of his treatment is still alive and set out to confront him, and his haunting past, in this powerful and inspiring tale of heroism, humanity and the redeeming power of love. (c) Weinstein

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 66%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The filmmakers don't have the nerve for a serious consideration of trauma, vengeance, and forgiveness."
‑ Wesley Morris, Grantland
"Why does the movie leave one cold?"
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"The Railway Man is an ambitious, well-intentioned film plagued by flat, predictable storytelling"
‑ Shawn Hazelett, Under the Radar
"Intense, well-acted, worth seeing but the back and forth, past to present barely works."
‑ Gary Wolcott, Tri-City Herald
"The romance and marriage of [Nicole] Kidman's and [Colin] Firth's characters are too quick. His dementia is abrupt. The finding of the Japanese tormentor seems too easy. The retribution, while moving, seems a bit pat."
‑ Mal Vincent, The Virginian-Pilot
"The critical problems are an overbusy time-jumping script and reliance on the conventions of the trauma drama - flashbacks, fragmentation, distorted time and space - that prove more a barrier than a window into the character's inner lives."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"The quality of mercy isn't just strained in The Railway Man, it's measured out by the teaspoonful."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Colin Firth delivers another of his masterly portrayals of stiff-upper-lipped emotional reserve, but his character's stuffy reticence means that it is all the more powerful when he eventually reveals the depths of hurt left by his harrowing experiences."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"Compelling story is sporadically effective"
‑ Robert Denerstein, Movie Habit
"...a well-intentioned prestige picture that's rarely as engrossing as its electrifying logline..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Beautifully acted, The Railway Man is profoundly moving, and yet, somehow, its sentimental ending manages to be both unearned and predictable."
‑ David Hiltbrand, Philadelphia Inquirer
"The truth of what happened to him is devastating; the truth of how he found forgiveness in his soul is astonishing."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"The tears this film evokes are tears of joy at seeing a man find the grace to confront his past."
‑ Lori Hoffman, Atlantic City Weekly
"For all its classic-era echoes, the structure of The Railway Man with its nightmares, flashbacks and even outright fantasy scenes is fairly modern, making the film much more than an exercise in 'making them like they used to.'"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Old-fashioned, sorrowful WWII drama shows an even grimmer side of the Bridge on the River Kwai story."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
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