War of the Buttons
War of the Buttons (2012)

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… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: September 16, 2013
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Critic Score: 26% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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."

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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media

WWII drama is overly cute but has worthy lessons for tweens.

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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

Barratier can't seem to do anything with it other than keep raising the violence and anger.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

Seeing the French Resistance through the eyes of little kids yields a cutesy, simplistic and sentimental would-be fable in "War of the Buttons."

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Peg Aloi
Boston Phoenix

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.

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Tom Russo
Boston Globe

The two threads aren't really woven together into the sort of tight, overarching theme that the film seems built to convey.

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Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 44% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
Hollywood hoakeyish remake of a really great 1990's film of the same name. I liked it. I thought that it was really sweet, and fun. Of course, I am a… More