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I Declare War

Action . Comedy . Drama

Summer war games between the neighborhood kids turns deadly serious when jealousy and betrayal enter the mix, in this alternately hilarious and horrifying black comedy that mixes equal parts Lord of the Flies and Roald Dahl.

Actors: Siam Yu , Gage Munroe , Michael Friend , Aidan Gouveia , Mackenzie Munro , Alex Cardillo , Dyson Fyke , Spencer Howes , Andy Reid , Kolton Stewart
Directors: Jason Lapeyre , Robert Wilson
Country: CANADA
Release: 2014-06-06
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  • Joe Neumaier

    There’s social commentary in all of this, but it takes a back seat to a surprisingly compelling narrative of the two combating teams.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    The directors (Lapeyre also wrote the film) have gathered a terrific bunch of young actors for the film, which plays at times like a “Lord of the Flies” knockoff but also has something original to say.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    It’s engrossing, violent, frightening and funny in the ways it captures the way kids speak with no adults around, and the way kids act when society’s rules take a back seat in time of war.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    The narrative meanders on occasion, the conceit can seem repetitious, the editing is loose. Nevertheless, buoyed by the naturalism of its exclusively young cast, the picture effectively gets into your head and under your skin.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Annlee Ellingson

    An entertaining and insightful portrait of boyhood.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Alan Scherstuhl

    Exciting and thoughtful, scraped free of the empty provocations of the wicked-pixie Hit-Girl scenes in Kick-Ass, I Declare War offers movie thrills—smartly plotted betrayals and escapes—as well as its share of disappointments.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • John DeFore

    Co-directors Jason Lapeyre and Robert Wilson balance humor and fun with a little fear in a thoroughly accessible way.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    I Declare War holds off as long as it can before dumping its emotional payload. Until then, the film gets uncomfortable laughs from the games children play, and play for keeps.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Steve Davis

    In the end, I Declare War is both enthralling and a little frustrating in its refusal to fit neatly in any box. Its unpredictable tone clicks back and forth between the comical and the serious like the safety catch on a firearm.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    While it's enjoyable enough to watch, there's no slam-dunk takeaway here.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

    The problem, mainly, is that Lapeyre’s kids are stock types: runts, bullies, toadies, a girl with a big crush. In essence, they are kids’-movie tropes pretending to be war-movie tropes — one layer of generic material being used to cover another.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Peter Keough

    Imagination is what these filmmakers could use more of, as their ingenious concept doesn’t develop much beyond a gimmick.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Andrew Schenker

    The film rarely takes us past its rather obvious conclusions about the potential bestial nature of kids and how that may translate to the larger battlefields.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Gabe Toro

    A crude sketch of a film that could barely withstand a short-form, but instead has been stretched to agonizing feature length by directors Robert Wilson and Jason Lapeyre.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Nick Hilton

    Unfortunately, despite its good central idea, Lapeyre and Wilson's execution is disappointingly poor.

    CineVue Full Review
  • Odie Henderson

    I Declare War is like high school English class, rife with confusing symbolism and full of sound and fury that ultimately signifies nothing. Full Review
  • Joe Leydon

    The concept is thought-provoking but the execution is flat-footed.

    Variety Full Review