Life During Wartime Synopsis
Friends and families struggle to find love and happiness in a war-torn world.
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NPR

By Jeannette Catsoulis
Jagged and gentle, shocking and sweet, Life During Wartime finds the King of Cringe more concerned than usual about forgiveness: who...
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
In a staring contest with his audience, Solondz never blinks. He picks and picks at the themes that consume him, and he doesn't care who...
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80

Wall Street Journal

By John Anderson
The common problem of Solondz's characters is an inability to see the world in shades of grey, which is fitting in a film where...
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

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A heady mix of deadpan humor that boldly uses such topics as pedophilia, race and terrorism to plead the need for forgiveness at a personal...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Charlotte Rampling goes for broke as a sexually rapacious older woman. So does Ally Sheedy as a rich woman. They're memorable, and yet...
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75

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
While it obviously isn't for all tastes, this is a big, thematically rich step forward -- mostly it's about tolerance and forgiveness --...
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75

Movieline

By Michelle Orange
Dark to a specific point of dullness or even opacity, Solondz requires patience, as always, but indulgence as well. He relies on your...
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Too many of the sequences are two-character dialogues that take place in restaurants; after a while, the film starts to resemble sketch...
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Thanks to the evocative cinematography of Ed Lachman, it is bathed in a celestial light that cannot penetrate the existential darkness of...
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40

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
You will find a few glimmers of humanity in Todd Solondz' latest exercise in acerbic observation. But Solondz continues to mistake judgment...
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Rated R | For Strong sexual content, brief nudity, and language including some disturbing dialogue