91

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
This is a beautifully built, classically framed movie, shot with the unshowy natural expressiveness of a John Ford Western by Spielberg's great cinematographer, Janusz Kaminski.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
War Horse gets to you. It's one from the heart.
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85

Movieline

By Stephanie Zacharek
For all its borrowing from old Hollywood, I don't think War Horse is particularly nostalgic. The word I'd use is wistful. It's the largest, most lavish handful of wistfulness money can buy, and sometimes it's too much. Yet it's nice to know that even Steven Spielberg can still wish for something.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Spielberg and his team - composer John Williams, as always, cinematographer Janusz Kaminski, screenwriter Richard Curtis - never forget their mission: to pull at heart strings, jerk some tears.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
There are extraordinary and beautiful things in War Horse, enough of them to make the movie a pleasure and a worthwhile experience, though not enough to trick the eye or get you believing this movie hangs together.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
War Horse will likely take its place alongside beloved family films. But that doesn't mean sitting through it is pure pleasure. It's a long slog at almost 2½ hours, and occasionally it resorts to obvious sentimentality. At times it's hard to escape the sense that we're watching "Saving Private Ryan"-meets-"The Black Stallion."
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
War Horse is the best film of the year. The year, unfortunately, is 1942.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
Whatever its missteps, this is a film that kids, middle-aged adults and grandparents can all see -- together or separately -- and get something out of in their own ways. There are precious few films that fit this description today and hats off to Spielberg for making one.
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60

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The result is a film that may stay in the mind's eye longer than it lingers in the heart.
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
While the Tony-winning play based on the same book creates unexpected impact through strikingly inventive puppetry, Spielberg is at a disadvantage in employing such a literal approach. Not even animals as beautiful as these can substitute for human ingenuity and imagination.
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72 out of 100
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