Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    Jan 16, 2014
    Generation War holds the line admirably in showing how totalitarianism corrupts almost everything in its path, individual responsibility included, and creates an appalling space where sadists and conformists alike can flourish and break every rule of war at will.
  2. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Mar 13, 2014
    The films are highly entertaining and highly disturbing, in the latter case for both the right and the wrong reasons. While admirably delineating moral decay, which eats away at one character like a virus, the movies never really get at the seed of evil.
  3. Reviewed by: Bill Stamets
    Jan 23, 2014
    Director Philipp Kadelbach crafts a war drama cued to the ethics of the characters.
  4. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Feb 27, 2014
    With performers this engaging, we never want to stop watching, even as events go from grim to grimmer over four long and bitter years.
  5. Reviewed by: Rob Nelson
    Jan 16, 2014
    Overly melodramatic but fairly engrossing.
  6. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Jan 16, 2014
    It plays like a conventional melodrama with better-than-average production values.
  7. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Jan 16, 2014
    Generation War never becomes great, but it overcomes its stiff start in large part due to its scope.
  8. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Jan 23, 2014
    While it's an effective memoriam for the well-meaning Germans whose lives were ruined by Hitler's mad dream, the refusal of Generation War to focus on any other sort of German makes it both dramatically and historically suspect.
  9. Reviewed by: David Denby
    Jan 27, 2014
    While re-creating the vast swing of German forces in and out of Russia, Kadelbach tries to capture the inner turmoil of two men. Call it half a victory.
  10. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Jan 17, 2014
    The densely plotted Generation War sweeps past implausibilities and offers the can’t-put-it-down qualities of a superior airport novel; its last third is affecting. But a bold confrontation with the past? Not so much.
  11. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Jan 16, 2014
    As television drama, Generation War is unquestionably effective. As dramatized history, it is pretty questionable.
  12. Reviewed by: Steve Macfarlane
    Jan 16, 2014
    The perverse thrill of seeing less-than-popular considerations of Nazism on screen fades hurriedly to the old ache of seeing any kind of questions about Nazism answered noxiously.
  13. Reviewed by: Ben Kenigsberg
    Jan 16, 2014
    By conveniently exempting its protagonists from ideology or culpability, Generation War feels less like a reckoning than a dodge: Yes, your grandparents may have been Nazis—but they could have been these nice people, too.
  14. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Jan 16, 2014
    Generation War seeks the epic, creating multiple, lavishly realized worlds and moving with confidence between them. What it finds of both history and its individuals is less complete.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Jan 20, 2014
    I just absolutely love this mini-series and how the story line conveyed was just magnificent! When I heard about Unsere Mütter, unsere Väter,I just absolutely love this mini-series and how the story line conveyed was just magnificent! When I heard about Unsere Mütter, unsere Väter, I thought it would be like the German version of the Band of Brothers; in the perspective of the German Wehrmacht fighting with their 'band of brothers' in wars like Op. Barbarossa and in France but it was completely something else, something deep. Although it does show some perspective of the war through the Wehrmacht soldiers (just like Maj. Winters, Nixon, etc. in Band of Brothers), this focused on the lives of 5 friends, which 2 of them shares experiences of their life in the 'homefront' and what is happening in Germany itself; not entirely focused on the war effort. I cannot say much without giving too much spoilers (which is all of what I was going to say after this); you just have to watch it. I do not know whether this "Generation War" move is condensed or made shorten, I'm not sure because I don't want to watch it because I've watch the original. But if the critics gave this an average score based on the cut version or condensed version to fit into the theater, they should watch the miniseries.

    Btw, Katharina Schüttler's song "Mein kleines Herz" is excellent and very deep and sad! I just had to buy the song after I heard it.
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  2. Oct 27, 2014
    I really loved watching this miniseries. some parts are pretty far fetched but you can put that down to creative license. If you have anI really loved watching this miniseries. some parts are pretty far fetched but you can put that down to creative license. If you have an interest in WW2 then this is well worth a watch. Full Review »
  3. Jul 13, 2014
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. Brilliantly filmed and excellently scripted, "Generation War" treads carefully on the subject of what it was like to be a citizen of Nazi Germany during WW2, yet delivers a compelling storyline nonetheless.

    "Generation War" enjoys outstanding performances from its cast. I found Miriam Stein as Charlotte downright charming and thought that Tom Schilling and Volker Bruch gave very convincing performances as two brothers serving in the Wehrmacht who both become disillusioned with the war in very different ways. From a storytelling point of view, the character arcs of all five of the main protagonists alone earn the mini-series high marks.

    As far as historical accuracy, having read history texts that include letters and statements from Germans during the second world war, I think that "Generation War" is tenuously believable, although it depicts five young people whose views start out on the more socially liberal side of the German political spectrum during this time period. (Spoilers to follow) I encountered a few moments during this film plot-wise where I could not suspend disbelief: namely when the character Viktor escapes from a moving train and when a Russian POW character whom Charlotte betrays early in the movie later returns as a Soviet NKVD officer. However, I consider both of those to be minor issues that did not detract from my overall enjoyment of the movie.

    Few countries have had to bear such existential guilt as the Germans have concerning WW2, and it is a subject that most modern Germans will avoid discussing. I can imagine that "Generation War" (called "Our Mothers, our Fathers" in German) would have a very different impact on a German audience than it did on me as an American with an academic interest in history.
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