War Horse Synopsis
A remarkable horse experiences life and death on the battlefields of World War I.
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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...
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Rolling Stone

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

By Steven Rea
Spielberg and his team - composer John Williams, as always, cinematographer Janusz Kaminski, screenwriter Richard Curtis - never forget...
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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...
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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...
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
War Horse is the best film of the year. The year, unfortunately, is 1942.
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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...
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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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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...
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Academy Awards, out!

By mollies_mom
What a wonderful film. Not as big a tearjerker as I had expected, though I did pull out the tissues at times. True fantasy but done so well. You cant help but notice the cinematography. What a...

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By jwelch5742
It was awesome film. it got great screenplay, music score, Cinematography and wonderful producers for Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy ....

A Big And Sweeping Tale. Destined To Join The Animal Classics Of All Time.

By Alon Patterson
What would cinema be today had there been no Steven Spielberg? I cannot imagine. Thankfully, he was here to imagine many amazing and wonderful things for me and countless others these past few...

It will be a "classic" and Golden Globe winner! Possibly an Oscar, too??

By ejhsmile
I laughed, was teary eyed and thoroughly enjoyed the quality of this movie! We need MORE films like this. However, this is NOT a film for small children with the war scenes and the emotional...

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By kaygolfer
We have our family Christmas on Christmas Eve and usually go to a movie on Christmas Day. This year we picked "War Horse" as the movie, and that was definitely the right choice. We all really liked...

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By mormino
It was an awesome movie, with a great story. Had a bit of everything; a few laughs, a few tears, but truly a gripping movie! Hope it receives an Oscar!...

Maybe It Was the Pop But...

By yooper1714
About an hour and a half into the movie, I was begging for it to be done. It seemed that they took four different plots, attempted to knit them together and then add nice music behind the scenes. ...

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By dh1942
The best movie I have seen in a long time! I would see it again. Funny, sad, exciting. A wonderful movie! When I got home from seeing War Horse I immediately called my daughter and told her to...


By KateK111
This is one of the best movies I've ever seen in the 50-some years I've been going to movies. Everything about it was excellent, from the acting (including the horses), the writing, the storyline,...

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By bighub16
Was a great guy movie has war and horses in it. Great acting and some wonderfully trained horses. I would go back to see it again....

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Rated PG-13 | For Intense sequences of war violence
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Spielberg's sweeping horse drama is beautiful but intense.
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