Life During Wartime


Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30

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  1. 60
    While this film has the trademark Solondz black comedy, it does not probe into deeper emotions as successfully as "Happiness" did.
  2. 58
    "Happiness" was, in its own dry, muted way, a howl of fatalistic despair discernible to anyone who's ever felt life had run out of cruel tricks to play. Life During Wartime is less a reprise of that howl than its echo.
  3. 58
    The biggest problems are Solondz's themes of forgiveness and glib, misplaced patriotism.
  4. 50
    Relies on uncomfortable black humor and moments of sincere drama to involve viewers. But everything is encased in artifice and the movie becomes a chore to take in.
  5. 50
    Solondz has grown so possessive of his characters, in fact, that he's begun to guard them jealously from any one actor.
  6. Reviewed by: Andrew Male
    Possibly a brave and interesting triumph for its director, but definitely a cold-eyed heartless bore for his audience.
  7. 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.

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