Passchendaele (2008)

Follows the exploits of Canadian soldiers leading up to one of the key battles of World War I that was fought over nearly four months in 1917.

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
DVD Release Date: November 3, 2009
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Critic Score: 36% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
David Jenkins
Time Out

As a director, Gross paints in big, emotive strokes, and though his dialogue often feels too tied to historical fact, this old-fashioned, patriotic war movie has its heart in the right place.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Passchendaele hearkens back to war films of decades past, when patriotism, valour and integrity were presented without irony. But it is infused with the stoicism of people who know it is their job to try to find meaning within an insane situation.

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Wendy Ide
Times (UK)

It's hard to overstake how unimaginably dreadful is Passchendaele, a First World War drama that does Canada's already ropey film-making reputation no favours whatsoever.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

The scenes may be embarrassing, but at least Gross can't be accused of playing it safe.

Eddie Cockrell

Toronto fest opener crudely welds the grisly verisimilitude of Saving Private Ryan to the contempo cultural revisionism of Pearl Harbor but can't forge the disparate tones into a powerful whole.

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Andrew Pulver

Director-star Paul Gross may have noble intentions, but his film is plodding, to put it kindly: filled with over-scrubbed sets, glutinous tinkling music, and desperately pedestrian dialogue exchanges.

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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter

A war movie that can't make up its mind whether war is bad or something one can be proud of.

Catherine Bray

A kind of Canadian World War I version of Pearl Harbor recast with TV actors and made on a tenth of the budget - yet for all that more endearing than Pearl Harbour.

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David West
Filmstar Magazine

It is impossible not to be moved by the nightmare of the trenches, but Passchendaele is a frustratingly uneven movie.

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Flixster Audience Score: 57% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Passchendaele is one of the worst films I have ever seen. This film is terrible. The film starts off well enough, but ends up being long and boring. This is a… More
Daniel Perry
Great Canadian actor, great Canadian story, great moment in Canadian history... and yet, it failed to impress. It was formulaic and a little flat all in all,… More
Al S
An incrediable war drama that has it all, romance, drama, action and amasing characters. A splendid, powerful, deeply moving and unforgettable movie. A bold,… More
Walter M.
In "Passchendaele," Sergeant Michael Dunne(Paul Gross, who also wrote and directed) is the sole survivor of a deadly encounter with German forces in… More
Brian De Guelle
This a sweeping epic of love,courage and faith at the time of world war 1.Yes you may you seen it before but it the key players that keeps this from being just… More
Sean Devine
I remember reading about this movie in the paper before it was released. The article focused on the immense time and detail it took to film the war sequences. I… More

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