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  • Summary: A traumatized war photographer (Catherine Keener) tries to help a young, pregnant refugee gain safe passage to France.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 13
  2. Negative: 4 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Aug 25, 2014
    80
    Anchored by Keener’s understated, psychologically acute performance, director Mark Jackson’s spare, quietly powerful sophomore feature demonstrates an impressive control of mood and tone and the ability to tell a story largely without words.
  2. Reviewed by: Serena Donadoni
    Jul 29, 2014
    70
    Jackson and co-screenwriter Kristin Gore prize ambiguity, allowing for cathartic revelations but no easy resolutions.
  3. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Aug 7, 2014
    70
    Keener's performance riveting.
  4. Reviewed by: Clayton Dillard
    Jul 28, 2014
    50
    Mark Jackson's direction strips much of the agency from any character's grasp by insisting that their dilemmas can only be revealed with stone-faced austerity.
  5. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Jul 30, 2014
    50
    Lee may not want to let anyone in, but it’s hard to engage fully with a film that doesn’t seem to want to, either.
  6. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Jul 31, 2014
    40
    An excellent Keener commits reliably to the role and does give us moments worth savoring. But the underwritten script and misguided direction leave her stranded.
  7. Reviewed by: Rodrigo Perez
    Jul 28, 2014
    16
    Elusively told to the point of irritation, joyless and shot in chilly incarcerating rooms, War Story has the look and feel of an exhausted ashtray and borders on the pretentiously unclear.

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