I Declare War
I Declare War (2013)

Armed with nothing more than twigs, their imaginations and a simple set of rules, a group of 12-year-olds engaged in a lively game of Capture the Flag in the neighborhood woods start dangerously blurring the lines between make-believe and… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 30, 2013
DVD Release Date: November 12, 2013
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

This Canadian feature cleverly mixes archetypes from war films and coming-of-age movies, defamiliarizing both genres in the process.

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Jordan Hoffman
New York Daily News

[A] surreal, strangely effective look at childhood imagination.

Jared Mobarak
The Film Stage

I Declare War proves potent from the simple fact these minors portray soldiers without censor.

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Joe Leydon

Co-directors Jason Lapeyre and Robert Wilson do little more than repeatedly echo the pic's theme after establishing the basic conceit of Lapeyre's script in the opening minutes.

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Annlee Ellingson
Los Angeles Times

The performances may be slightly uneven across the cast of a dozen distinct personalities (plus a dog), but overall the effect works because, after all, they're just playacting ... right?

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Rob Gonsalves

A bitter but paradoxically entertaining fantasia.

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Odie Henderson

I Declare War plays like a C-student's final exam essay on Lord of the Flies. Any interest in the game is overridden by the massive amounts of allegory lifted straight from Golding's novel.

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Peter Keough
Boston Globe

Imagination is what these filmmakers could use more of, as their ingenious concept doesn't develop much beyond gimmick.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A unique and out of the box film, and though the end result is only above average, it's still worth watching.

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Flixster Audience Score: 52% Flixster User Reviews
Everett Johnson
***1/2 "I Declare War" is a ballsy movie, that I'm surprised was able to get made in today's world. I'm glad it did, it just… More
Jesse Ortega
Honestly, this is a really cool concept for a movie. A kids' game of Capture the Flag where make-believe and reality merge where the kids weapons, made of… More
Emily Armstrong
The filmmakers have said in interviews that when they watched Stand By Me and Goonies, they really felt like those filmmakers really remembered what it was like… More
Panta Oz
I decided to watch this movie after reading a few reviews of my RT friends praising it. This Canadian make-believe action film is written and co-directed by… More
Caesar Mendez
Underneath the waves of summer blockbusters and groundbreaking independent films are smaller, not widely discussed efforts despite the praise they receive. I… More
Luke Eberhardt
My first film at MIFF; "I Declare War", Set purely on a group of kids playing capture the flag, Although they appear to be plaing with sticks and… More