La nouvelle guerre des boutons (War of the Buttons)
La nouvelle guerre des boutons (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: October 12, 2012
DVD 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.

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: 42% 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
Walter M.
In "War of the Buttons," boys will be boys. In this case, it is rural France and boys from one town wage a campaign against those from another town.… More