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War of the Buttons


Rated PG-13 for language and some thematic elements.

PG-13 In Theaters 10/12/2012 , 100min.
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September 13, 2013
Rip off of the 1994 version anyone?

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Slant Magazine
By the time the drama is wrapped up with a bow and every child has learned a valuable life lesson, even the gap-toothed little tyke there solely for comic relief has begun to grate. Full Review
Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
To be fair, War of the Buttons is a film with a modest agenda. It does not attempt to provide a complete or even vaguely realistic depiction of the rural French resistance in the endgame to World War II. Instead, it provides a fable. Full Review
Ella Taylor
War of the Buttons deftly folds France's unsavory collusions into a rather more rousing tale of resistance. I don't doubt that some of these heroics happened. But the way they're framed conveniently takes the edge off saying sorry. Full Review
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
War of the Buttons is handsomely crafted and it's touting tolerance, but as long as we open the gates to the Trojan horse of historical simplification, there's a danger that Hollywood could attack us with "The Goonies Go to the Gulag." Be vigilant! Full Review
Kyle Smith
New York Post
The parallels between the kids' war and the real one are made far too obvious by Christophe Barratier, who made the equally treacly "The Chorus" and infests the movie with nonstop musical goo. Full Review

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