The War Zone
The War Zone (1999)

The molten emotional power that flows from Tim Roth's directorial debut carries multiple messages that sear one's soul. Yet it also faithfully portrays one of the harshest aspects of the relationship between children and parents.… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 10, 1999
DVD Release Date: July 18, 2000
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Emanuel Levy

Gifted Brit actor Tim Roth makes a feature directing debut with this well-acted, uncompromisingly depressing drama about a working-class family torn apart by incest and abuse.

Nick Davis
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Potent, depressing incest tale; excellent work by all four actors.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A grim drama.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

dark and disturbing journey of family dysfunction

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Peter Henne
Film Journal International

However emotionally appalling and severe, the directorial debut of Tim Roth counters its despair with quiet beauty and takes brave insights into a dysfunctional family.

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Michael Dequina

[Tim Roth] takes a great risk in confronting a sensitive subject with such brazen matter-of-factness.

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Cole Smithey

A truly terrifying and tragic drama.

Arthur Lazere

Nothing less than a triumphant directorial debut for actor Tim Roth, who gets every detail just right.

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Kevin M. Williams
A tight knit English family moves from London to the isolated Devon countryside where the formative young son accidentally discovers that Dad is seriously… More
Luke Baldock
The themes and the film itself can be summed up by one early scene. As a mother is giving birth in a car, it suddenly crashes. This perfectly represents the… More
Jim Hunter
Accusations of incest surface in an isolated family. This is a remarkably dark drama. The pace is slow and the mood is always heavy. While I understand that… More
_kelly .King
Review addendum March 6, 2009: I realized just now what would/could have made this film perfect: more scenes with dialogue between the brother and sister. Just… More
Dan Schultz
A grim, searing depiction of incest and an overall unforgettable film which details a loving family of five and how three of them (all except the newborn baby… More
Arash Xak
Bleak & Harrowing, Tim Roth's directorial debut