Based on the book by Michael Morpurgo.
" A film that may stay in the mind's eye longer than it lingers in the heart. "
" Spielberg's phenomenal skill for making images remains undiminished. The rows in a piece of knitting dissolve into the furrows in a stony field; men's bodies fly through the air like broken dolls. Some images are too fussed over, but every one is striking. "
" The result isn't groundbreaking, but it's gratifying. "
" The trouble here is not so much that Spielberg's film staunchly insists on finding a happy ending even in the calamity of the First World War, but that he slathers it on so thick and leaves so soft an impression. "
" Robustly entertaining. "
" Those who say they don't make 'em like they used to must now fall silent. "
" With the exception of a few lovely scenes, it's a hollow and bombastic piece of work, clobbering you over the head with its epic-ness when it's not cinematically yanking at your nosehairs in the hopes that you'll cry. "
" Yes, this is a Steven Spielberg picture. He directed it and, like Blondie in the old song, he's gonna getcha, getcha, getcha, one way or another. "
" It's almost a great war movie in one direction, and almost a piece of irredeemable cheese in the other, and there you have it. "
" Call it "lesser Spielberg" and put it alongside Always and Hook. "
" The incredible emotive power of this horse and the way in which the filmmakers were able to translate it on-screen are what stay with you. "
" The material sometimes feels oversugared, though it's also guaranteed to raise a lump in your throat. "
" Amid the incomprehensible slaughter, it's a horse that reminds these warriors of their humanity. "
" We never ask why the production is devoted to an animal while ten million men are dying, but when Spielberg does the story realistically, it seems trivial, even a little daft. "
" There isn't a moment in the movie where you don't feel Spielberg's passion, and this time, the film is worthy of his enthusiasm. It's a knockout. "
" Spielberg still manages to surprise and impress. "
" It's not that a film can't be lighthearted family fare, a gritty war epic and a weepie all at once; the problem is that here, those elements feel strictly compartmentalized -- and calculated. "
" Sweeping in its style and old-fashioned in its narrative structure, War Horse will likely take its place alongside beloved family films. "
" Tthe images have what I can only describe as a wonderful texture. They also have intense color: deep gemlike greens and reds, with black shadows out of an old master painting. "
" Tonally jarring and structurally disjointed, it's a punishingly long and bumpy ride. "
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