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I Declare War

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Jason Lapeyre & Robert Wilson

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About the Movie

Armed with nothing more than twigs, their imaginations and a simple set of rules, a group of 12-year-olds engaged in a lively game of Capture the Flag in the neighborhood woods start dangerously blurring the lines between make-believe and reality. Rocks = Grenades. Trees = Control towers. Sticks = Submachine guns. The youthful innocence of the game gradually takes on a different tone as the quest for victory pushes the boundaries of friendship. The would-be warriors get a searing glimpse of humanity's dark side as their combat scenario takes them beyond the rules of the game and into an adventure where fantasy combat clashes with the real world. I DECLARE WAR "vividly captures a point in time as a kid where everything was important, even the imaginary things." - MTV

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 39
  • Fresh: 28
  • Rotten: 11
  • Average Rating: 6.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Co-directors Jason Lapeyre and Robert Wilson do little more than repeatedly echo the pic's theme after establishing the basic conceit of Lapeyre's script in the opening minutes. – Joe Leydon, Variety, Sep 3, 2013

Fresh: The performances may be slightly uneven across the cast of a dozen distinct personalities (plus a dog), but overall the effect works because, after all, they're just playacting ... right? – Annlee Ellingson, Los Angeles Times, Aug 29, 2013

Fresh: Humor and hurt feelings collide in entertaining teen adventure. – John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter, Aug 20, 2013

Fresh: Its heroes are kids; its villains are kids; its fantasies are kids'. But its truths are adult. – Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice, Aug 27, 2013

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Customer Reviews

Don't Believe the Hype

This movie is not in the same league with Stand By Me or Lord of the Flies. It's a character study of how different personality types deal with adolescence, and the horrible things kids do to each other—often without realizing that their being cruel. It's not bad, but neither is it particularly good or especially entertaining.

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