Life During Wartime
Life During Wartime (2010)

Directed by Todd Solondz, this ensemble film tells the tale of a large dysfunctional family. Joy (Shirley Henderson) continues to have problems with her husband, Allen (Michael Kenneth Williams), and looks to her family for advice. A dead… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: July 23, 2010
DVD Release Date: July 26, 2011
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Critic Score: 68% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: With Life During Wartime, Todd Solondz delivers an unexpected semi-sequel to Happiness in typically uncompromising fashion.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

I'd never have predicted something this mediocre.

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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail

For all of Solondz's mischief, we sense he likes his unhelpable characters, and that they maybe like each other. A little bit, anyway.

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Sarah Boslaugh

...mannered and self-conscious to an extreme.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

Life During Wartime, which feels like a movie made to fulfill a contractual obligation, says nothing new, nothing that Happiness didn't already say, only better.

Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

An easy film to dislike, a piece of cake to admire and all but impossible to love. But I think that's part of the intent.

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Michael Atkinson
In These Times

There's a creepy torque to Life During Wartime that is uniquely Solondz, and the high probability of viewers' unease is part of his program.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The daring director is still a fascinating craftsman, but now we don't feel welcome in his dollhouse.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Solondz treats his characters with all the compassion of a child frying ants with a magnifying glass.

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook

While "Happiness" chillingly depicted how all the characters succumb to desire and rejection, the new film's theme of their inability to exorcise the ghosts in their lives seems comparatively less grandiose.

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Flixster Audience Score: 48% Flixster User Reviews
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"People can't help it if they're monsters."</i> Friends, family, and lovers struggle to find love, forgiveness, and meaning… More
Steven Carrier
There are many intriguing aspects to Todd Solondz's "Life During Wartime." First is that this is technically a sequel to his film… More
Tim Sigur
Like most of (no, more like all of) Todd Solondz's work, this film is not for everyone. I am a huge fan of Happiness and Welcome to the Dollhouse and even… More
Jennifer Xu
I love, absolutely love that all these people were played by different actors than in Happiness, especially that Allen was played by a black guy. That… More
Michael S
There are a bunch of great moments and performances in Todd Solondz's "LIFE DURING WARTIME," and some dialogue that ranks with his best, but the… More
Greg S
The interlaced story involves a boy about to be bar mitzvahed, his on-the-lam pedophile dad, pill-popping mom, an aunt dealing with the advances of the ghost of… More