• Released
  • October 12, 2012
  • (NY, LA)
  • PG-13 , 1 hr 39 min
  • Art House/Foreign
    Drama
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War of the Buttons Synopsis
Children from neighboring villages put aside their differences to protect a Jewish girl from Nazis.
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Washington Post

By Michael O'Sullivan
Moving without being melodramatic, War of the Buttons is a tale of the worst -- and the best -- that people of all ages are capable of.
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60

NPR

By Ella Taylor
War of the Buttons deftly folds France's unsavory collusions into a rather more rousing tale of resistance. I don't doubt that some of...
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
To be fair, War of the Buttons is a film with a modest agenda. It does not attempt to provide a complete or even vaguely realistic...
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50

Boston Globe

By Tom Russo
But when there's such a lighthearted, boys-at-play manner about the story's established aspects, it creates an odd disconnect from the...
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50

Portland Oregonian

By Marc Mohan
War of the Buttons means well. But ultimately there's only marginally more edge to this treatment of World War II than there is to the...
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50

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
War of the Buttons is handsomely crafted and it's touting tolerance, but as long as we open the gates to the Trojan horse of historical...
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40

Arizona Republic

For a movie that aspires to be heartwarming, it sure does inspire a lot of eye rolling.
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25

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
The parallels between the kids' war and the real one are made far too obvious by Christophe Barratier, who made the equally treacly "The...
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20

Time Out New York

That War of the Buttons shows no insight into how a nation's will could be so easily subdued is disappointing; that it shows no curiosity...
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12

Slant Magazine

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By the time the drama is wrapped up with a bow and every child has learned a valuable life lesson, even the gap-toothed little tyke there...
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Rated PG-13 | For Language and Some Thematic Elements
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 12+ WWII drama is overly cute but has worthy lessons for tweens.
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