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Based on 17 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 3 )
  • 80
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    There’s social commentary in all of this, but it takes a back seat to a surprisingly compelling narrative of the two combating teams. show more

  • 70
    John DeFore The Hollywood Reporter

    Co-directors Jason Lapeyre and Robert Wilson balance humor and fun with a little fear in a thoroughly accessible way. show more

  • 75
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The narrative meanders on occasion, the conceit can seem repetitious, the editing is loose. Nevertheless, buoyed by the naturalism of its exclusively young cast, the picture effectively gets into your head and under your skin. show more

  • 75
    Roger Moore McClatchy-Tribune News Service

    It’s engrossing, violent, frightening and funny in the ways it captures the way kids speak with no adults around, and the way kids act when society’s rules take a back seat in time of war. show more

  • 50
    Peter Keough Boston Globe

    Imagination is what these filmmakers could use more of, as their ingenious concept doesn’t develop much beyond a gimmick. show more

  • 50
    Andrew Schenker Slant Magazine

    The film rarely takes us past its rather obvious conclusions about the potential bestial nature of kids and how that may translate to the larger battlefields. show more

  • 38
    Odie Henderson

    I Declare War is like high school English class, rife with confusing symbolism and full of sound and fury that ultimately signifies nothing. show more

  • 80
    Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic

    The directors (Lapeyre also wrote the film) have gathered a terrific bunch of young actors for the film, which plays at times like a “Lord of the Flies” knockoff but also has something original to say. show more

  • 70
    Scott Tobias The Dissolve

    I Declare War holds off as long as it can before dumping its emotional payload. Until then, the film gets uncomfortable laughs from the games children play, and play for keeps. show more

  • 60
    Mike Scott New Orleans Times-Picayune

    While it's enjoyable enough to watch, there's no slam-dunk takeaway here. show more

  • January 27, 2014 nex2me_99
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    horrible movie, don\'t waste your time. Would have been a cool imaginative movie for kids to see but the language and sexual references are too much. I\'m not sure who the target audience was but in my opinion they did not hit it.

  • November 23, 2013 ky00000000172091
    Report This User

    Sandlot for new generation

  • August 01, 2013 uw00000000159167
    Report This User

    movie looks like bad b movie

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