The Railway Man Synopsis
Former POW Eric Lomax and his new wife go in search of the Japanese interpreter who tortured him.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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Strong and moving commentary on war

By chinawood
Excellent performances all around, and while a bit slow, very moving in its depiction of PTSC and the eventual healing from horrific war crimes.. Definitely recommend.....

Railway Man

By haciendacusin
nicole kidman: an exceptional performance. colin firth: colin firth. subtle but, unlike kidman, unable to transform himself. writing/story: continuity & time-frame problems. unexplained...

Learning to the past behind him

By clark2600
Ex Vietnam vet Eric Lomax was left alone relive his excruciating memories of the former war, involving his abduction by Japanese fighting army. Though decades have passed, his nightmare is still...

Review of The Railway Man

By jillsaclib
One of the most important films to watch of this decade. Includes long hard-hitting scenes of cruelty to British prisoners of war but the ending will be something you will consider over and over...

The Railway Man

By nhoster1
Great Movie. Colin Firth,Nicole Kidman and Jerimy Irvin all give outstanding performances. It is to bad this film is not being properly advertised. A lot of people would enjoy this film if it was....

The Railway Man

By rswarner
Too much time spent on the torture, not enough on the reconciliation....

Very powerful

By prattsheila
Loved this movie. Great acting, story, and drama. Based on true story makes it even better....

An amazing story...

By rgp22201
... Be prepared to change your whole perspective about life....

A must see

By martingg
Collin Firth and Nicole Kidman give Oscar performances, and the actor who played the Japanese soldier at the end has to be a shoo-in for supporting....

Understanding the unforgivable...

By owenscomp1
A little known story that will leave most breathless and reaching for a hankie. Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman play exemplary parts....

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Rated R | For disturbing POW violence
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 16+ Former POW can't shake wartime cruelty in sluggish drama.
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