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Based on 30 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Charlotte Rampling goes for broke as a sexually rapacious older woman. So does Ally Sheedy as a rich woman. They're memorable, and yet equally satisfying is Ciaran Hinds' sadness and restraint as a paroled sex offender with deviancy in the blood. show more

  • 80
    John Anderson Wall Street Journal

    The common problem of Solondz's characters is an inability to see the world in shades of grey, which is fitting in a film where color-garish, boring or just plain ugly-is so important, and the actors are working off palettes of such extreme emotions. A few of them-notably Ms. Rampling, Mr. Hinds and Ms. Sheedy-are as good here as they've ever been. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Thanks to the evocative cinematography of Ed Lachman, it is bathed in a celestial light that cannot penetrate the existential darkness of its characters. show more

  • 40
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    You will find a few glimmers of humanity in Todd Solondz' latest exercise in acerbic observation. But Solondz continues to mistake judgment for honesty, and empathy for weakness. show more

  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter

    A heady mix of deadpan humor that boldly uses such topics as pedophilia, race and terrorism to plead the need for forgiveness at a personal and national level. show more

  • 75
    Michelle Orange Movieline

    Dark to a specific point of dullness or even opacity, Solondz requires patience, as always, but indulgence as well. He relies on your remembrance of his other films and characters but also on your willingness to overlook his redeployment of tactics that range from puerile to mildly -- and somehow always self-skeptically -- profound. show more

  • 85
    Jeannette Catsoulis NPR

    Jagged and gentle, shocking and sweet, Life During Wartime finds the King of Cringe more concerned than usual about forgiveness: who deserves it, and who is capable of bestowing it. True to form, though, he's not telling. show more

  • 75
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    While it obviously isn't for all tastes, this is a big, thematically rich step forward -- mostly it's about tolerance and forgiveness -- from the empty provocation of Solondz's "Storytelling" and "Palindromes." About time. show more

  • 75
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Too many of the sequences are two-character dialogues that take place in restaurants; after a while, the film starts to resemble sketch existentialism. show more

  • 75
    Stephen Cole The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Todd Solondz isn't for everyone, maybe not even most people...he's a comic filmmaker whose idea of entertainment is shredding chum into a shark tank. show more

  • August 06, 2010 drmarlee23
    Report This User

    What was that....More than strange....not funny....pathetic movie, pathetic topics...not worth the time....

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