War Horse (2011)

War Horse (2011)

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War Horse (2011)

Spielberg directed war-drama, based on both the children's novel and its stage adaptation, about a British lad who sets out on a journey to rescue his horse from the battlefields of World War I.

Albert's (newcomer Jeremy Irvine) pet horse and best friend, Joey, is sold to the calvary at the outbreak of the first World War. Heartbroken, Albert heads to France to find his friend, despite being too young to enlist in the British army. The film follows Joey's journey across Europe and through the war, as well as Albert's search.

Also stars Tom Hiddleston (Thor), Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC's Sherlock) and Oscar-nominee Emily Watson (Breaking the Waves).

2011Rating: M146 minsUSA
ActionDramaWar
Director:
Steven Spielberg ('Jaws', 'Raiders of the Lost Ark', 'E.T', 'Jurassic Park', 'Schindler's List', 'Saving Private Ryan')
Writer:
Richard CurtisLee Hall
Cast:
Benedict CumberbatchDavid ThewlisTom HiddlestonEmily WatsonJeremy IrvinePeter Mullan
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Reviews & comments

Steven, Steven, Steven :(

Mister Spielberg is sadly going down the same road as Mister Lucas by pouring millions to produce disappointing results. His demise began with the last Indiana Jones movie and continues with this. How it was nominated for Best Picture is beyond me! There are much better films that weren't even nominated that are far superior to this film. I sincerely hope...

0

Not bad for a children's novel

I thought the scenery and backdrop for The War Horse was great. Everyone said how it was a terrible movie. Really, it was a pretty good story about the adventures and trials of a horse in WWI I. I'm not sure it was ever meant to be about WWI itself.

0

I don't understand all the negative reviews!

I am stumped by all the poor reviews - I loved this movie! I can only think that the reviewers are all die-hard Spielberg fans and that this movie didn't meet up to their pre-conceived ideas. I found it very moving and it is a beautiful story. The only negative comment I would make is that there appeared to be a mixture of "styles" - we went...

4.0
0

Horsesh*t

I'm a huge Spielberg fan. I even loved AI: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE. But then again, HOOK made me vomit; ALWAYS made me want to gouge out my eyes with a rusty spoon and AMISTAD was just plain dull. Sadly, WAR HORSE joins these three as one of the Berg's misfires. Sappy, soppy, silly - and that's not even because it's hero is, um, a horse. Great cast,...

1.0
0

2 words. Steven Speilberg.

Once again Speilberg has got it horribly wrong. Even the English village locations looked like Hollywood backlots. Emily Watson's talents were sorely underused and what was Benedict Cumberbatch doing in this clunker? He must have been fooled into thinking this was going to be a WW1 story. Only one good scene in this.Don't bother going for it.

1.0
0

rubbish

how has this been oscar nominated? possibly a good kids movie, but not adult fare. simplistic story line where just about everyone lives happily ever after and few scenes of people coming to a bad end just rubbish.

1.0
0

Wow

War horse is a good movie for over here din NZ even though in the USA it went straight to dvd. but thats why i give it 4 stars

4.0
0

Bore Horse

What on earth has happened to Steven Spielberg? Despite large amounts of negativity surrounding War Horse, I was firmly of the opinion that anything the legendary director had to offer was worth taking a chance on and seeing in the cinema. Now I'm not so convinced. After not releasing a film since 2008's widely derided Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the...

1.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

This beautifully composed picture brings a robust physicality to tried-and-true source material, but falls short of the sustained narrative involvement and emotional drive its resolutely old-fashioned storytelling demands.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

War Horse shows Spielberg back in the saddle, in full command of story, setting and characters.

4.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

In the end, while you can't doubt Spielberg's commitment to telling a putatively heartwarming and emotion-wringing tale, War Horse is just too calculated to do what he wants to do.

2.0
0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

War Horse is bold, not afraid of sentiment and lets out all the stops in magnificently staged action sequences.

0
Newshub

Newshub

press

War Horse left me strangely and definitively unmoved on every level, with a cheesiness factor alienating me from the characters and robbing me of any connection with the story.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A grandly made, tear-jerking film for all audiences, the way Hollywood used to make them.

0
Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

press

This is a beautifully built, classically framed movie, shot with the unshowy natural expressiveness of a John Ford Western.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

War Horse is bold, exquisite family filmmaking in the grandest Hollywood tradition.

4.0
0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

Spielberg exercises stunning control behind the camera.

0
Variety

Variety

press

This beautifully composed picture brings a robust physicality to tried-and-true source material, but falls short of the sustained narrative involvement and emotional drive its resolutely old-fashioned storytelling demands.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

War Horse shows Spielberg back in the saddle, in full command of story, setting and characters.

4.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

In the end, while you can't doubt Spielberg's commitment to telling a putatively heartwarming and emotion-wringing tale, War Horse is just too calculated to do what he wants to do.

2.0
0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

War Horse is bold, not afraid of sentiment and lets out all the stops in magnificently staged action sequences.

0
Newshub

Newshub

press

War Horse left me strangely and definitively unmoved on every level, with a cheesiness factor alienating me from the characters and robbing me of any connection with the story.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A grandly made, tear-jerking film for all audiences, the way Hollywood used to make them.

0
Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

press

This is a beautifully built, classically framed movie, shot with the unshowy natural expressiveness of a John Ford Western.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

War Horse is bold, exquisite family filmmaking in the grandest Hollywood tradition.

4.0
0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

Spielberg exercises stunning control behind the camera.

0

Steven, Steven, Steven :(

Mister Spielberg is sadly going down the same road as Mister Lucas by pouring millions to produce disappointing results. His demise began with the last Indiana Jones movie and continues with this. How it was nominated for Best Picture is beyond me! There are much better films that weren't even nominated that are far superior to this film. I sincerely hope...

0

Not bad for a children's novel

I thought the scenery and backdrop for The War Horse was great. Everyone said how it was a terrible movie. Really, it was a pretty good story about the adventures and trials of a horse in WWI I. I'm not sure it was ever meant to be about WWI itself.

0

I don't understand all the negative reviews!

I am stumped by all the poor reviews - I loved this movie! I can only think that the reviewers are all die-hard Spielberg fans and that this movie didn't meet up to their pre-conceived ideas. I found it very moving and it is a beautiful story. The only negative comment I would make is that there appeared to be a mixture of "styles" - we went...

4.0
0

Horsesh*t

I'm a huge Spielberg fan. I even loved AI: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE. But then again, HOOK made me vomit; ALWAYS made me want to gouge out my eyes with a rusty spoon and AMISTAD was just plain dull. Sadly, WAR HORSE joins these three as one of the Berg's misfires. Sappy, soppy, silly - and that's not even because it's hero is, um, a horse. Great cast,...

1.0
0

2 words. Steven Speilberg.

Once again Speilberg has got it horribly wrong. Even the English village locations looked like Hollywood backlots. Emily Watson's talents were sorely underused and what was Benedict Cumberbatch doing in this clunker? He must have been fooled into thinking this was going to be a WW1 story. Only one good scene in this.Don't bother going for it.

1.0
0

rubbish

how has this been oscar nominated? possibly a good kids movie, but not adult fare. simplistic story line where just about everyone lives happily ever after and few scenes of people coming to a bad end just rubbish.

1.0
0

Wow

War horse is a good movie for over here din NZ even though in the USA it went straight to dvd. but thats why i give it 4 stars

4.0
0

Bore Horse

What on earth has happened to Steven Spielberg? Despite large amounts of negativity surrounding War Horse, I was firmly of the opinion that anything the legendary director had to offer was worth taking a chance on and seeing in the cinema. Now I'm not so convinced. After not releasing a film since 2008's widely derided Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of...

1.0
0