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Based on 18 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 3 )
  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Koolhoven is able to strip away both visually and mentally our idealized cinematic notions of how the resistance fighters lived. It's a lonely existence. It's stark and it's scary. And it makes for a compelling movie. show more

  • 75
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    May serve as a useful way to introduce teens to what World War II in Europe was like. show more

  • 75
    Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post

    The most compelling thing about Winter in Wartime, the Netherlands' official entry for Best Foreign Language Film at this year's Oscars, is not the story. And the story is pretty darn compelling. show more

  • 75
    Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel

    It's a sturdy World War II yarn, with harrowing and heart-breaking moments sprinkled throughout. show more

  • 75
    Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    It's got a grown-up artfulness, but Winter in Wartime could become a lot of boys' favorite movie. show more

  • 75
    Rex Reed New York Observer

    We know about Anne Frank's diary and Paul Verhoeven's masterpiece "Black Book," but director Martin Koolhoven has shed new light on what happened in Holland with a powerful and touching film. show more

  • 50
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Well-mounted and expertly played, Winter in Wartime is a class act that lacks only focus and originality to raise it above the ordinary. show more

  • 50
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    View the Second World War through a child's eyes and the result isn't hard to predict: a loss-of-innocence tale. Winter in Wartime is the boilerplate version, with the already dramatic facts of the era ramped up to melodramatic levels. Little wonder it rings so false. show more

  • 70
    Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic

    Can we ever get innocence back once it's lost? The ending suggests that we can. But at enormous cost. show more

  • 60
    S. James Snyder Time Out New York

    A fresh twist on a familiar fog-of-war story. show more

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