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Based on 21 Reviews
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  • 75
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    One of the most impressive actor-to-filmmaker transitions in recent years. show more

  • 88
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Showing as much courage and talent behind the camera as he has while acting in front of it, Roth has crafted for his first film one of the most bluntly graphic and disturbing movies ever done on the subject. show more

  • 68
    Michael Atkinson Mr. Showbiz

    A brooding, stunningly realistic portrait of familial self-destruction that raises far more questions than it can possibly answer. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Brilliant and heartbreaking, takes place in the present but is timeless. show more

  • 88
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    In all respects, from choice of material to fullness of execution on every level, The War Zone is an extraordinary piece of work. show more

  • 75
    Curtis Morgan Miami Herald

    Grim, tight and well acted. show more

  • 63
    Jonathan Foreman New York Post

    A relentlessly grim, rather heavy-handed drama of family dysfunction. show more

  • 63
    Wesley Morris San Francisco Examiner

    Roth, though, is like a sociopathic arsonist, one enthralled with his ability to start little blazes and one who would even call the fire department, but wouldn't stick around to see whether anyone put them out. show more

  • 80
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    Actor Tim Roth's austere directing debut is one of the most difficult, emotionally wrenching experiences you're likely to have in a movie theater any time soon. show more

  • 89
    Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle

    Sellbinding, distressing, and possessed of a dark and terrible beauty. show more

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