Two Men Went to War


Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13

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  1. If whimsy isn't your mug of tea, stay away from Two Men Went to War. You have to be in the mood for a little sweetness to enjoy this resolutely old- fashioned comedy.
  2. The first half of the movie is a particular delight, with the bug-eyed, chinless Cuthbertson playing beautifully against grouchy, stoic King, who's barking mad under that stiff upper lip.
  3. 67
    Henderson's warm and toasty little gem of a film, slight though it may be, reminds you that the Greatest Generation, full of vim, vigor, and – most important – an indefatigable sense of purpose, grew up on both sides of the Big Pond.
  4. The veteran Cranham and young Bill play their incompatible characters with dead-pan aplomb, and Derek Jacobi adds heft as Churchill's chief intelligence officer.
  5. 60
    Two Men is slow and sweet as warm pudding, but Cranham and Derek Jacobi (as one of Churchill's intelligence officers) both add a generous, wholehearted gravitas the film might have thought to ask for in the first place.
  6. It mocks the absurdity of war, but between the chuckles, and especially near the end, it plucks the heartstrings.
  7. 60
    Cleverly realizing a novel premise, it's a slight but charming look at the lighter side of WWII.
  8. 60
    More often than not, Two Men Went to War resembles a feature-length episode of "Hogan's Heroes," with the brave but clumsy Brits continually managing to outfox the even more bungling Nazis.
  9. 60
    The middle sections go a bit slack at times, and things wrap up a little too neat and quickly, but overall Two Men Went to War entertains and recalls the type of British period comedy that more regularly appeared here before everything seemingly began to strive for "Full Monty"-sized box-office returns.
  10. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    Solidly crafted, strongly cast pic doesn't hit a thoroughgoing comic tone.
  11. 50
    Best advice: Wait for Two Men Went to War to go to the small screen.
  12. Shot in the warm sepia tones of bittersweet memories, this whimsical, unpretentious shaggy war story is the sort of film that looks like a small gem when you accidentally stumble across it on TV or at the video store. But it feels a little unsatisfying when its small virtues are stretched to cover a big screen.

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