War Horse
War Horse (2011)

Set against a sweeping canvas of rural England and Europe during the First World War, War Horse begins with the remarkable friendship between a horse named Joey and a young man called Albert, who tames and trains him. When they are… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 25, 2011
DVD Release Date: April 3, 2012
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Critic Score: 76% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Technically superb, proudly sentimental, and unabashedly old-fashioned, War Horse is an emotional drama that tugs the heartstrings with Spielberg's customary flair.

Dave Calhoun
Time Out

Spielberg still manages to surprise and impress.

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Dana Stevens

Tthe images have what I can only describe as a wonderful texture. They also have intense color: deep gemlike greens and reds, with black shadows out of an old master painting.

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Fernando F. Croce

All the sumptuous pomp and sweep add up to little more than an inflated remake of Lassie Come Home, a step backwards from his mostly splendid mature films that feels closer to the labored and hollow Spielberg pastiche of Super 8.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

The trouble here is not so much that Spielberg's film staunchly insists on finding a happy ending even in the calamity of the First World War, but that he slathers it on so thick and leaves so soft an impression.

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David Denby
New Yorker

We never ask why the production is devoted to an animal while ten million men are dying, but when Spielberg does the story realistically, it seems trivial, even a little daft.

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Sarah Marrs

Extremely unsatisfying ending. And not better than The Black Stallion.

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Rafer Guzman

The material sometimes feels oversugared, though it's also guaranteed to raise a lump in your throat.

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

Amid the incomprehensible slaughter, it's a horse that reminds these warriors of their humanity.

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Neely Swanson
Easy Reader (California)

As engaging as "War Horse" is, and it is engaging, Spielberg oftentimes resorts to big, John Williams' music-enhanced, wide-screen moments to manipulate the emotion that the story should have been able to elicit on its own.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Even if technically efficient, this awfully heavy-handed melodrama follows a "miraculous horse" and his inexpressive owner in an overlong journey… More
Louis Rogers
No thanks, Steve.
Liam Gadd
paul sandberg
In War Horse, Spielberg uses his considerable talents to give us a film that feels like it could have been presented in the 40's or 50's - that type… More
Chris Weber
You can basically look at this as both Spielberg's epic salute to John Ford, as well as his Barry Lyndon. Like the aforementioned Kubrick film, this is an… More
Cynthia S.
Wonderful movie. Reminiscent of "Family Classics" type of movies from my childhood. Tugs at your heartstrings. Cinematically beautiful. Just an all… More

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