Winter in Wartime
Winter in Wartime (2011)

Nazi-occupied Holland, 1945. In a snow-covered village, thirteen-year-old MICHIEL (Martijn Lakemeier) is drawn into the Resistance when he aids a wounded British paratrooper. Michiel's boyish sense of defiance and adventure soon turns… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 18, 2011
DVD Release Date: July 26, 2011
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Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A gripping, handsomely shot World War II melodrama with thriller elements successfully mixed in.

Tom Long
Detroit News

Writer-director Martin Koolhoven hits just the right balance of domesticity and oppression here, setting up the film's tense second half with sweet early touches of naivete.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

Director Martin Koolhoven's film about one boy's struggle to make sense of the absurd - of the inhumanity of war and its effects on everyone around him.

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Lindy West
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

Winter in Wartime is a sad, surprising film.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

It's got a grown-up artfulness, but "Winter in Wartime" could become a lot of boys' favorite movie.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

Winter in Wartime benefits from top-notch production values and a sturdy performance from its young lead, Martijn Lakemeier.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...there's a lack of momentum here that prevents the viewer from connecting to the material on a frustratingly continuous basis...

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

What makes "Winter" really special is its complex exploration of the theme of heroism.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

If you've seen one slow-motion "Noooooooo!" as a firing squad lets loose, you've seen 'em all.

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Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

A child-witness-to-war movie gets lost in a convention-driven screenplay

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
A family is torn apart by loyalties, fear, secrecy and distrust while their freezing little world disintegrates around them. Excellent acting, cinematography… More
Kyle S
A compelling, incredibly thrilling masterpiece. More thoughts to come.
Jesse Ortega
I like this movie quite a bit, but I just felt that there was something missing that would've made it great. I'm not sure exactly what it was, but… More
Daisy Maduro
Oorlogswinter is a very, very special movie around the themes war, love, trust, friendship from the point of view of a 14-year old Dutch teenager in the last… More