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Rated PG-13 · 146 minutes · 2011

Historical drama, War
Steven Spielberg directs this mixed bag. The film looks great, but the emotional stuff gets to the point where even the most-loving person could get uncomfortable; Spielberg just doesn’t know where to stop sometimes. The film is based on a children’s book and stage adaptation of the same name. As for the horse implied in the title, it’s named Joey. Numerous, identical horses play Joey, and they are some of the most-amazing creatures ever put to film. The Black Stallion, Seabiscuit, the head in the Godfather movie bed—they all take a back seat to the horses in this movie. It’s easy to forgive Spielberg’s slipups when the majority of his movie is a pleasure to look at, and it’s well-acted by humans and animals alike.
Official Site: www.warhorsemovie.com
Director: Steven Spielberg
Producer: Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Revel Guest
Cast: Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Jeremy Irvine, Peter Mullan, Niels Arestrup, Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Toby Kebbell, Patrick Kennedy, David Kross, Celine Buckens, Robert Emms, Rainer Bock, Geoff Bell, Leonard Carow and Matt Milne

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The Coast Halifax War Horse sentimental but captivating Steven Spielberg delivers again with a grand, old-fashioned drama by Molly Segal 12/22/2011
Colorado Springs Independent Director's cut: The Adventures of Tintin, and War Horse This season's double-dose of Spielberg captures everything he does brilliantly, and everything you miss when it's not there. by Scott Renshaw 12/22/2011
Memphis Flyer Choose Your Own Adventure Steven Spielberg showcases two sides of his filmmaking in twin releases. by Greg Akers 12/22/2011
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Colorado Springs Independent Opening this week Three flicks we've reviewed this week, plus The Darkest Hour. 12/22/2011
Indy Week With War Horse, Spielberg makes his WWI movie Steven Spielberg adeptly captures the transitional nature of the Great War, one of the last fought with horses and swords. by Neil Morris 12/21/2011
Creative Loafing Atlanta Hollywood harks back to old genres for holiday releases Horsing around with The Artist, Tintin, and War Horse by Curt Holman 12/19/2011
Pittsburgh City Paper War Horse Handsomely filmed, but a manipulative and sentimental tale of a boy and his horse at war by Al Hoff 12/21/2011
Style Weekly Going to See a Movie About a Horse Steven Spielberg's epic animal tale, "War Horse," is a gorgeous odyssey of high-production-value schmaltz. by Wayne Melton 01/03/2012
Charleston City Paper Spielberg searches for the humanity in War Horse and Tintin Ever since The Color Purple, Spielberg has managed to alternate between mass-market entertainment and prestige-inviting drama — often one of each within the same calendar year. by Scott Renshaw 12/21/2011
East Bay Express War Horse Hooves of glory. by Kelly Vance 01/04/2012

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