Civil War

critic Reviews

, 81% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Tough and unsettling by design, Civil War is a gripping close-up look at the violent uncertainty of life in a nation in crisis.
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    Namrata JoshiThe New Indian Express
    There’s a cautionary message then in the madness: stop or perish; the choice is entirely ours.
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    Udita JhunjhunwalaLivemint
    In Alex Garland's tense film, journalists risk everything to document the US at war with itself.
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    Mark KermodeKermode and Mayo's Take (YouTube)
    It's very powerful.
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    Richard BrodyNew Yorker
    Clamorously making its claim on viewers’ attention by subject matter alone, rather than by artistry or world view, the film is a kind of advertisement for itself.
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    Rex ReedObserver
    Look at it as a movie for posterity, and it becomes a worthwhile movie to savor, but nothing else—and you’ll survive. Admire Civil War as an amazing film of imagination and cinematic verve but nothing else—and you will, too.
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    Tom ShoneTimes (UK)
    The script’s dispassion is what gives the film its oxyacetylene-like power as prophecy.
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    Calum CooperCinerama Film
    The film seems caught between wanting to be exciting and devastating, as it threatens to turn its captivating story into another generic shoot-them-up war film, just on a grander scale.
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    Grant WatsonFiction Machine
    Civil War is not a polemic, but it is a mirror to the USA’s political crisis.
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    CJ SheuThe News Lens International
    If beauty is the sole standard for their work, then the film’s view of war photography is as an aesthetic death cult.
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    Chuck BowenStyle Weekly (Richmond, VA)
    Garland appears to make movies less for audiences than as think pieces, and, given the esteem in which his films are held, the ploy has paid off handsomely.
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