While at War (Mientras Dure La Guerra) - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

While at War (Mientras Dure La Guerra) Reviews

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March 26, 2020
The period feels authentic and the stakes couldn't be higher...fascism is as scary now as it was in the 1930s...
November 13, 2019
What the director looks for and achieves here is to humanize the morally dubious, cranky, and contradictory character of Unamuno. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 30, 2019
A timely lesson... for new generations. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 8, 2019
The Chilean-Spanish filmmaker's seventh feature film undoubtedly recoups his past prestige. [Full review in Spanish]
October 3, 2019
The deeper into the film we get, and the closer the realities of the war become to Unamuno, the more Amenábar and his co-writer Alejandro Hernández lean into the melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 23, 2019
[Karra Elejalde's] performance is as risky as it is meritorious. [Full review in Spanish]
September 23, 2019
Santi Prego saves the day in that impossible task that is portraying Franco. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 22, 2019
An interesting twist on the subgenre of Spanish Civil War films and an appreciable reflection of the present from the past. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 21, 2019
A necessary audiovisual artwork about the power of the ideas in a prewar environment. Really necessary to understand the past but, specially, the present in Spain. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 11, 2019
The similarity of what Amenábar puts on-screen to current American politics is legitimately horrifying. It's nationalism warped into fascism with a blink of an eye.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 9, 2019
Affected by some sentimental moments (accompanied by a pretentious score, due to the director himself), While at war is, however, an urgent call for coherence. [Full Review in Spanish]
September 7, 2019
This is the kind of film where nothing is really out of place and is saved by its impeccable production and music. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 5, 2019
While At War is a complex, steady, deeply intelligent film with a chilling resonance today, and a significant departure in tone from Amenabar's prior work.
October 4, 2019
...an old-fashioned, somewhat hollow costume drama.
September 23, 2019
[Director Alejandro] Amenábar's proposal is diluted in a weak and ineffable historical reconstruction. [Full review in Spanish]
September 23, 2019
The film too often diverts that endearing spirit towards a lukewarm portrait of the conflict, running the risk of falling into condescension. [Full review in Spanish]
September 22, 2019
The film about Unamuno in Salamanca opts for neatness rather than tension when it comes to portraying the decisive moment of the Civil War. [Full Review in Spanish]
September 8, 2019
While at War offers a grand production, fine performances but lacked in emotion.
September 6, 2019
It's insufficiently moving as character-driven piece, but also lacks the urgency and suspense needed to make larger events vivid.
September 6, 2019
While War's dutiful sense of responsibility to its source material is laudable, it feels limiting.
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