The War Zone
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The molten emotional power that flows from Tim Roth's directorial debut carries multiple messages that sear one's soul. Yet it also faithfully portrays one of the harshest aspects of the relationship between children and parents. Based on an acclaimed novel by Alexander Stuart, The War Zone is an often-troubling exposition on family dynamics and the dysfunction that bubbles beneath the surface. Award winning actors Ray Winstone and Tilda Swinton, along with complete newcomers Lara Belmont and Freddie Cunliffe, give such incredibly deep and intense performances that one is definitely… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Gifted Brit actor Tim Roth makes a feature directing debut with this well-acted, uncompromisingly depressing drama about a working-class family torn apart by incest and abuse."
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"Potent, depressing incest tale; excellent work by all four actors."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"However emotionally appalling and severe, the directorial debut of Tim Roth counters its despair with quiet beauty and takes brave insights into a dysfunctional family."
‑ Peter Henne, Film Journal International
"dark and disturbing journey of family dysfunction"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"[Tim Roth] takes a great risk in confronting a sensitive subject with such brazen matter-of-factness."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"A grim drama."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A truly terrifying and tragic drama."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Nothing less than a triumphant directorial debut for actor Tim Roth, who gets every detail just right."
‑ Arthur Lazere,
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