War of the Buttons
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Set in occupied WWII France, War of the Buttons tells the tale of pre-teen rebel Lebrac (newcomer Jean Texier) and the "war" he leads between two rival kid gangs from neighboring villages. Once Lebrac falls for Violette (Ilona Bachelier), a young Jewish girl who is new in town and in danger of being exposed by the Nazis, the children are faced with putting their own conflicts aside to protect her and confront the very real war happening around them. -- (C) Weinstein

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 26%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Although it's updated to World War II and alludes to the Holocaust, this golden-hued remembrance is about as horrific as "Hogan's Heroes.""
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Though it's handled with little subtlety, the way the atmosphere of suspicion in Vichy France filters down to the kids is a smart slant on the material."
‑ Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times
"WWII drama is overly cute but has worthy lessons for tweens."
‑ Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
""War" feels very much like a Disney made-for-TV movie from a few decades ago with its simple solutions to complex problems and its endless close-ups of begrimed, adorable faces."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Adorable but sentimental, an earnest whitewash of a painful period during World War II."
‑ Annlee Ellingson, Paste Magazine
"Barratier can't seem to do anything with it other than keep raising the violence and anger."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"Seeing the French Resistance through the eyes of little kids yields a cutesy, simplistic and sentimental would-be fable in "War of the Buttons.""
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"The cast is fine, especially the boys, and the cinematography lush and wistful, but the score is pure fromage and the storyline sacrifices tension for romance."
‑ Peg Aloi, Boston Phoenix
"Ultimately there's only marginally more edge to this treatment of World War II than there is to the average episode of "Hogan's Heroes.""
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"The film's trailer doesn't lie. What you see is what you'll get ... A warning for those who can't watch The Sound of Music all the way through: the adorable factor hits the roof"
‑ Kent Turner, Film-Forward.com
"The two threads aren't really woven together into the sort of tight, overarching theme that the film seems built to convey."
‑ Tom Russo, Boston Globe
"It does not attempt to provide a complete or even vaguely realistic depiction of the rural French resistance in the endgame to World War II."
‑ Amy Biancolli, San Francisco Chronicle
"It's a pretty familiar story, but it's done with tender care and definite style. Director Christophe Barratier fills the movie with a refreshing sense of wonder, imagination and innocence."
‑ Austin Kennedy, Sin Magazine
"Young Texier holds the screen and could be a star in the making."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Barratier makes the viewing event obvious in theme and location, yet his classic Hollywood approach results in a satisfyingly glossy, endearingly acted movie."
‑ Brian Orndorf, Blu-ray.com
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