100

New York Observer

By Rex Reed
Wrenching, profound and beautifully made, The Railway Man is one of the stunning don’t-miss surprises of the still-young 2014.
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80

The Guardian

By Catherine Shoard
From time to time, the script contextualises a little clumsily...but the playing and pacing are terrific.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Richard Roeper
Sometimes The Railway Man is hard to watch. It’s also hard to imagine anyone watching it and not being deeply moved.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
For such a torment-filled story, the ending is surprisingly satisfying, with an important message that a lesser filmmaker might have telegraphed too much.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By David Hiltbrand
Lean's classic is something of a picnic compared to The Railway Man, which contains horrific scenes of torture.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Adam Markovitz
Colin Firth smolders as the PTSD-riddled veteran (played in flashbacks by War Horse‘s Jeremy Irvine), and Nicole Kidman cries dutifully as his wife — but they’re both derailed by the movie’s tidy emotional resolutions.
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67

The Playlist

By Kevin Jagernauth
For all the assuredness behind the camera and in front of it, there's very little in way of edge or even, surprisingly, emotion.
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
For a well-acted movie about the horrors of war and the lure of revenge, it's surprisingly dull and starchy.
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60

Village Voice

By Alan Scherstuhl
It's heartening to have a tony war film about PTSD and forgiveness; it would be grander still to have one that dedicated itself more fully to examining the courage it would take to offer that forgiveness, rather than dash its energies upon the dreary cowardice of the crime itself.
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60

Variety

By Peter Debruge
There’s something decidedly old-fashioned — and also dull as ditchwater — about Jonathan Teplitzky’s retelling of events.
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59 out of 100
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