Life During Wartime
Life During Wartime (1997)

A pair of unethical burglar-alarm salesmen break into homes in order to scare up business.

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: January 1, 1997
DVD Release Date: February 2, 1999
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Leonard Klady

It's a film of small delights rather than a home run, and an encouraging first foray for Dunsky.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Electric performances, the plot, and the cheerful guitar score by Christophe Beck, help make The Alarmist a fun and... well... "quirky" experience.

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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

As a showcase for Tucci's comic skills, "The Alarmist" succeeds. We start the film feeling buoyed by his roosterlike energy and audacity, and we end it feeling let down by a script that can't quite decide what it wants to say.

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Urban Cinefile

Although not without its flaws, The Alarmist is an intriguing and often hilarious look at urban life in the late 1990's.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

Unable to decide where to go or what tone to adopt, it ends up treading water.

Ed Kelleher
Film Journal International

First-time filmmaker Dunsky doesn't always know where to place his camera to maximize the edgy humor that lurks near the script's surface.

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