I Declare War Synopsis
Events spin out of control when a group of neighborhood children play a game of Capture the Flag.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
There’s social commentary in all of this, but it takes a back seat to a surprisingly compelling narrative of the two combating teams.
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Arizona Republic

By Bill Goodykoontz
The directors (Lapeyre also wrote the film) have gathered a terrific bunch of young actors for the film, which plays at times like a “Lord...
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
The narrative meanders on occasion, the conceit can seem repetitious, the editing is loose. Nevertheless, buoyed by the naturalism of its...
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Movie Nation

By Roger Moore
It’s engrossing, violent, frightening and funny in the ways it captures the way kids speak with no adults around, and the way kids act when...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By John DeFore
Co-directors Jason Lapeyre and Robert Wilson balance humor and fun with a little fear in a thoroughly accessible way.
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The Dissolve

By Scott Tobias
I Declare War holds off as long as it can before dumping its emotional payload. Until then, the film gets uncomfortable laughs from the...
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Village Voice

By Alan Scherstuhl
Exciting and thoughtful, scraped free of the empty provocations of the wicked-pixie Hit-Girl scenes in Kick-Ass, I Declare War offers movie...
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Austin Chronicle

By Steve Davis
In the end, I Declare War is both enthralling and a little frustrating in its refusal to fit neatly in any box. Its unpredictable tone...
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New Orleans Times-Picayune

By Mike Scott
While it's enjoyable enough to watch, there's no slam-dunk takeaway here.
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Boston Globe

By Peter Keough
Imagination is what these filmmakers could use more of, as their ingenious concept doesn’t develop much beyond a gimmick.
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Intense and well-made

By mcdehuevo
This might create its own genre - augmented reality action. The movie does a brilliant job of seamlessly mixing play-action with the kids' imagination. You're engaged from the first minute and...


By dchrisj123
The actors are incredible with an amazing adult sensibility smoothly switching back and forth to tweener impulsivity just like the art of the war alternates between movie magic weaponry and sticks...

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Rated NR