The Railway Man
The Railway Man (2014)

Based on the remarkable bestselling autobiography, THE RAILWAY MAN tells the extraordinary and epic true story of Eric Lomax (Colin Firth), a British Army officer who is tormented as a prisoner of war at a Japanese labor camp during World… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: April 11, 2014
DVD Release Date: August 12, 2014
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Understated to a fault, The Railway Man transcends its occasionally stodgy pacing with a touching, fact-based story and the quiet chemistry of its stars.

Jenni Miller

The Railway Man holds great possibility but wanders off track.

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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer

Beautifully acted, The Railway Man is profoundly moving, and yet, somehow, its sentimental ending manages to be both unearned and predictable.

Nick Dent
Time Out Sydney

This is an effective story of war, peace, forgiveness and revenge.

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Wesley Morris

The filmmakers don't have the nerve for a serious consideration of trauma, vengeance, and forgiveness.

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John Anderson

Why does the movie leave one cold?

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Larushka Ivan-Zadeh
Metro (UK)

It's well acted, with a few moments of remarkable intensity, but it's not a journey you'd rush to take.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

The critical problems are an overbusy time-jumping script and reliance on the conventions of the trauma drama - flashbacks, fragmentation, distorted time and space - that prove more a barrier than a window into the character's inner lives.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

The quality of mercy isn't just strained in The Railway Man, it's measured out by the teaspoonful.

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Sr. Rose Pacatte
National Catholic Reporter

The Railway Man is probably the best film you haven't seen this year.

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
True story about a prisoner of war who later in life actually befriends the guy who tortured him during the war only lacks that which might've connected us… More
Mark Hobin
Languidly paced biography is handsomely mounted and well acted but this period melodrama is inert. Colin Firth exemplifies respectful reverence in his depiction… More
Nicki Marie
Got to admit, did not know what this was about when I rented it. Kind of thought it was a romance story. Oops. Needless to say, wasn't too enthralled when… More
Jarrin Rozenblad
This was a good biography. The cast was great from leads to supporting. The end is especially heart warming.
Film Crazy
A very emotional, enjoyable movie with powerful performances from Kidman and Firth!
Jeffrey Meyers
Heartfelt from the start, poignant, compelling, and yet strangely subtle, Railway Man is a film of inspiration and one of melancholy, ending on a profound note,… More