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.

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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Nathan Bartlebaugh
The Film Stage

It does its best to honor the unique compassion of the account without succumbing to schmaltz or banal arthouse prestige. The success rate here is a little better than half.

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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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Francesca Rudkin
New Zealand Herald

Flicking back and forth in time may not make for a smooth narrative, but the message of forgiveness and reconciliation comes through loud and clear -- this is quite an extraordinary tale.

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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.

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

The truth of what happened to him is devastating; the truth of how he found forgiveness in his soul is astonishing.

Kong Rithdee
Bangkok Post

The Railway Man, meanwhile, leaves you with tears and hope. Hell is over, only when it isn't.

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
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
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
Panta Oz
I was delighted to see a movie coming from Queensland, and of course, for that reason only, I could not miss this British-Australian war drama directed by… More