The haunting and stark A War may be [Tobias Lindholm's] most striking and effective work yet
Cary Darling, Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com, 2016-03-17
Writer-director Tobias Lindholm's latest is a microcosmic and finely wrought war story in which everyone has their reasons.
Matthew Lickona, San Diego Reader, 2016-02-26
Ethically challenging and occasionally brutal, "A War" explores the dicey nature of decisions made in the heat of battle and the grim consequences that may follow.
Tom Long, Detroit News, 2016-02-26
It's intense without becoming simplistic, and the actors stay focused as the viewpoints shift.
John Hartl, Seattle Times, 2016-02-25
Only in the second half, after the commander is accused of a war crime and returns home to stand trial, do these two worlds merge and their respective realities clash, with sobering results.
J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, 2016-02-25
[It] may ... be among the best war movies of all time.
Peter Keough, Boston Globe, 2016-02-25
"A War" is an emotionally complex film that doesn't play by the rules of mainstream cinema.
Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2016-02-25
A War confirms the darkest, least mentionable secret of traumatized veterans-that what haunts them is not just what they saw and what was done unto them, but what they did.
David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture, 2016-02-21
The courtroom machinations are skillfully played, but here, too, there is a certain stolidity.
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor, 2016-02-19
Lindholm's mastery of film form is matched by his willingness to engage with some of the most intractable moral quandaries that haunt contemporary life.
Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2016-02-19
The craftsmanship of "A War" is unimpeachable. Tight shots and jittery camera work give the film an immediate, intimate feel.
Barbara VanDenburgh, Arizona Republic, 2016-02-18
Like his 2012 film "A Hijacking," Danish writer-director Tobias Lindholm's drama "A War" explores the theme of moral compromise with an uncomfortably astringent honesty.
Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, 2016-02-18
Writer/director Tobias Lindholm's compelling thriller offers sharp-focus snapshots of conflict on the ground for its first hour, and in a military courtroom for the second.
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2016-02-18
The film is cleanly made and moves quickly, which enhances its effectiveness. It raises moral issues that simply can't be addressed too often.
Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle, 2016-02-18
A War is the best possible title for Denmark's Oscar nominee, which, scrubbed of the patriotism and politics that define American war films, transcends the war in the Middle East to interrogate the struggle of all conflicted decisions.
Gwyneth Kelly, The New Republic, 2016-02-17
The movie is memorable and draining, but "Full Metal Jacket" it is not.
Richard Brody, New Yorker, 2016-02-15
While most Hollywood movies are so afraid of moral ambiguity that you'd think the old-school Production Code was in effect, here's a story that eschews easy answers and forces audiences to examine their own consciences while the characters do likewise.
Alonso Duralde, TheWrap, 2016-02-12
"A War" is a film done exactly right about a situation gone horribly wrong.
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, 2016-02-11