War of the Buttons Reviews

  • The slick filmmaking - the movie has a glossy, Hollywood-ready feel that sometimes tips into the cutesy - works against its themes.

    Rachel Saltz — New York Times

  • The two threads aren't really woven together into the sort of tight, overarching theme that the film seems built to convey.

    Tom Russo — Boston Globe

  • Corny ... a revisionist fantasy of French heroism.

    Jon Frosch — Village Voice

  • Seeing the French Resistance through the eyes of little kids yields a cutesy, simplistic and sentimental would-be fable in "War of the Buttons."

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • Though it's handled with little subtlety, the way the atmosphere of suspicion in Vichy France filters down to the kids is a smart slant on the material.

    Sheri Linden — Los Angeles Times

  • Although it's updated to World War II and alludes to the Holocaust, this golden-hued remembrance is about as horrific as "Hogan's Heroes."

    Joe Williams — St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  • Barratier can't seem to do anything with it other than keep raising the violence and anger.

    Tom Keogh — Seattle Times

  • WWII drama is overly cute but has worthy lessons for tweens.

    Sandie Angulo Chen — Common Sense Media

  • The cast is fine, especially the boys, and the cinematography lush and wistful, but the score is pure fromage and the storyline sacrifices tension for romance.

    Peg Aloi — Boston Phoenix

  • Ultimately there's only marginally more edge to this treatment of World War II than there is to the average episode of "Hogan's Heroes."

    Marc Mohan — Oregonian

  • It's a pretty familiar story, but it's done with tender care and definite style. Director Christophe Barratier fills the movie with a refreshing sense of wonder, imagination and innocence.

    Austin Kennedy — Sin Magazine

  • "War" feels very much like a Disney made-for-TV movie from a few decades ago with its simple solutions to complex problems and its endless close-ups of begrimed, adorable faces.

    Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) — St. Paul Pioneer Press

  • Young Texier holds the screen and could be a star in the making.

    Laura Clifford — Reeling Reviews

  • Adorable but sentimental, an earnest whitewash of a painful period during World War II.

    Annlee Ellingson — Paste Magazine

  • The film's trailer doesn't lie. What you see is what you'll get ... A warning for those who can't watch The Sound of Music all the way through: the adorable factor hits the roof

    Kent Turner — Film-Forward.com

  • Barratier makes the viewing event obvious in theme and location, yet his classic Hollywood approach results in a satisfyingly glossy, endearingly acted movie.

    Brian Orndorf — Blu-ray.com

  • World War II-set tale of children from neighboring towns who battle each other has some cute moments, but unsuccessfully walks the line between a light coming-of-age story and serious subject matter.

    Sarah Sluis — Film Journal International

  • It does not attempt to provide a complete or even vaguely realistic depiction of the rural French resistance in the endgame to World War II.

    Amy Biancolli — San Francisco Chronicle

  • At a time when most family movies come processed through extreme software and 3-D glasses, this film's gentle vision of the simple life has its old-fashioned charms - though they press too hard on the emo buttons for my taste.

    Ella Taylor — NPR

  • Though this version transplants the tale to World War II, it doesn't try for any nuanced commentary on the conflict.

    Alison Willmore — AV Club

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