• Released
  • January 27, 2012
  • NR , 1 hr 40 min
  • Art House/Foreign
  • 3 Fan Ratings
88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Valérie Donzelli's Declaration of War deals with issues that may scare audiences away. Don't let it.
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88

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
The tonal shifts, the "Amelie"-style voiceover and the punk-retro soundtrack may jar some viewers who expect uninterrupted violins, but Declaration of War is alternative therapy that really works.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
What a treat to find a movie so bright-eyed and true - without a trace of bathos - in its depiction of such a harrowing subject.
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75

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
France's Declaration of War has it all: comedy, romance, fantasy, musical interludes and a child with a brain tumor. Wait - what?
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Declaration of War is a domestic comedy as much as it is a medical drama. This movie has been made by the couple it is about, Valerie Donzelli and Jeremie Elkaim. She directed, they wrote it together, and in real life, their relationship also fell apart. They approach their fraught story with a surprising freshness.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
An adventurous song selection and stylish narrative techniques put a strangely romantic face on a harrowing story that's a parental nightmare.
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65

Movieline

By Stephanie Zacharek
Between the Truffautish voice-overs and Jacques Demy-style musical interludes, it's a wonder anyone in this sort-of drama, sort-of comedy ever gets any rest.
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65

NPR

By Ella Taylor
Though it's certainly moving, it suffers from a frantically overproduced desperation to hold what the filmmakers seem to fear will be our wavering attention.
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
This isn't a therapy session on film; it's a visually stark, lively, organically engrossing movie with a very real handle on the mental processes, and interpersonal demands, that come with issues of life and death.
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50

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
As ponderous and overwrought as a film hogged by a couple of young hipsters named Roméo and Juliette can be.
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73 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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