Declaration of War
Declaration of War (2012)

The opening night film at this year's Critics Week at the Cannes Film Festival, this exuberant and deeply moving film follows a new couple, Romeo (Jeremie Elkaim) and Juliette (Valerie Donzelli), who must face the ultimate test when… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 27, 2012
DVD Release Date: June 5, 2012
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

True to its title, "Declaration of War" is a visceral, forthright visit to the front lines of battle, where superhuman courage is called for as life-or-death skirmishes turn into a long slog of survival.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

"Declaration of War" movingly chronicles a unique and terrible fight: that of two parents against the cancer that has invaded the brain of their 18-month-old son.

Myriam Ghattas
Daily News Egypt

Donzelli and Elkaïm infuse their script with a fair share of humor while dealing with a morbid subject without ever becoming irreverent or exploitative.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The tonal shifts, the "Amelie"-style voiceover and the punk-retro soundtrack may jar some viewers who expect uninterrupted violins, but "Declaration of War" is alternative therapy that really works.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

As ponderous and overwrought as a film hogged by a couple of young hipsters named Roméo and Juliette can be.

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Erick Weber

The raddest Lifetime movie you'll ever see.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

The subject matter is as serious as can be, yet the style is vibrant, energetic and engaging -- often tense, but without a trace of woe-is-me.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The film may even be too upbeat, especially the ending, which is too easy and contrived. Yet there's real emotion here...

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Jim Schembri

Touching, balanced and honest, the film imparts a life-affirming message about endurance, love and life's sudden gear shifts.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
A ridiculous and irritating film full of clichés, about an annoyingly optimistic couple out of a fairy tale facing a hard situation. Not only the narration is… More
'Declaration of War'. Two charming leads, especially Valerie Donzelli, and a beautiful ending. Could have left 10-15 min in the editing room though.… More
Walter M.
In "Declaration of War," Romeo(Jeremie Elkaim) and Juliette(Valerie Donzelli, who also directed) meet sort of cute across a room full of people,… More