War, the film that reportedly stands to be the strongest rival to last weekend's champ Superbad at the box office, was not shown to U.S. film critics. But Toronto-based Lionsgate, the studio that is releasing it, did show it to critics in Canada. (Most of it was shot in Vancouver.) Their reviews show why the film was held back from critics on this side of the border. "An irrelevant, joyless bore," is the way Jason McBride describes it in the Toronto Globe and Mail. On the other hand Rob Salem in the Toronto Star acknowledges that while the story is "complicated," and even sometimes "deliberately unclear," it's not worth trying to figure out. "How much do these things really matter in this sort of escapist enterprise?" he asks.
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