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The Railway Man
Starring: Colin Firth (Eric Lomax), Nicole Kidman (Patti Lomax), Jeremy Irvine (Eric Lomax (young)), Stellan Skarsgard (Finlay), Hiroyuki Sanada (Nagase)

Rated: R
Length: 1hr 56min
Total Score :

David Denby, New Yorker (Mon, Apr. 14)

A morally admirable but dramatically inert case of high-minded reconciliation ...

John Esther, UR Chicago Magazine (Sun, Apr. 13)

'The Railway Man' deals with some of the uglier aspects of war, namely how torture can be justified by the upper echelons of government through twisted language...

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor (Fri, Apr. 11)

Firth is very good at playing racked men of high principle.

Christy Lemire, RogerEbert.com (Fri, Apr. 11)

Throughout his career, Firth repeatedly has proven himself to be a master at steadily revealing his characters, and the way his Lomax eventually reclaims his identity before enjoying some redemption is gently stirring.

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger (Fri, Apr. 11)

In the end, for a movie about such a grim and grotesque chapter in history "The Railway Man" commits the most improbable sin of all. It's dull.

Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times (Thu, Apr. 10)

An impressively crafted, skillfully acted, highly absorbing journey into a dark corner of world history.

Stephen Holden, New York Times (Thu, Apr. 10)

[Firth's] modesty prevents "The Railway Man" from turning mawkishly sentimental once Lomax embraces the concept of forgiveness, and you can believe it's possible.

Claudia Puig, USA Today (Thu, Apr. 10)

For a well-acted movie about the horrors of war and the lure of revenge, it's surprisingly dull and starchy.

Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News (Thu, Apr. 10)

It's too intelligent to dismiss, but not emotional enough to inspire lasting passion.

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal (Thu, Apr. 10)

The ghastly realities of the labor camp are undercut by self-consciously stylized storytelling in the British sequences, with their glib formulations of love leading to personal peace and allowing forgiveness.

A.A. Dowd, AV Club (Thu, Apr. 10)

Along the way, The Railway Man accumulates some power and insight, but it's also hard to shake the feeling that a complicated first-person account has been given the Weinstein treatment.

Rex Reed, New York Observer (Thu, Apr. 10)

It's an inspiring and unforgettable story about cruelty, endurance, courage and making peace with the past.

Kyle Smith, New York Post (Thu, Apr. 10)

Colin Firth plays a choo-choo lover and ex-World War II prisoner of war who finds his two great obsessions neatly joining in the trite, hokey message movie "The Railway Man."

Jocelyn Noveck, Associated Press (Wed, Apr. 9)

Somehow, even if you already know the story, the climax feels, if not unexpected, at least fresh, when it could have easily been schmaltzy.

David Ehrlich, The Dissolve (Wed, Apr. 9)

The Railway Man is such a safe, respectful portrait of true-life catharsis that it feels afraid to reopen the same old wounds it exalts Lomax for confronting.

Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice (Tue, Apr. 8)

Has it ever occurred to contemporary commercial filmmakers that maybe audiences could take a movie's word for it that a character has been tortured?

Edward Douglas, ComingSoon.net (Tue, Apr. 8)

Shows off real filmmaking and storytelling skill on the part of Teplitzky and a different view of WWII than we've seen before.

Kam Williams, Baret News (Mon, Apr. 7)

A remarkable illustration of the human capacity to find peace through forgiveness.

Don Groves, Film Journal International (Mon, Apr. 7)

The result is an old-fashioned war film with echoes of The Bridge on the River Kwai, melded with a stirring story of truth, reconciliation and healing. Only a hardhearted cynic would be unmoved.

Brogan Morris, Movie Mezzanine (Thu, Feb. 20)

A quiet, contemplative drama about the war after war.

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