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      Testament of Youth

      PG-13 Released Jun 5, 2015 2h 9m Biography History Drama War List
      84% Tomatometer 129 Reviews 78% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings During World War I, Oxford University student Vera Brittain (Alicia Vikander) postpones her studies to serve as a nurse while her suitor, her brother and a secret admirer face death in the trenches. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Testament of Youth is well-acted and beautifully filmed, adding up to an enriching if not adventurous experience for fans of British period dramas.

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      Tom Long Detroit News Somehow, Vikander sells it all, not with braying and big gestures, but with vulnerability, sincerity and the sort of ethereal realness that can't be quantified. More, please, more. Rated: B Jul 10, 2015 Full Review Moira MacDonald Seattle Times Though the movie at times feels oddly unfinished (you wonder what Miranda Richardson, in a tiny role as an Oxford professor, is there for), it's artful and moving. Rated: 3.5/4 Jul 9, 2015 Full Review Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch As a story, it evokes a word that no battlefield nurse would ever apply to her experiences: sterile. Rated: 2/4 Jul 9, 2015 Full Review Jennifer Merin AWFJ.org This beautifully crafted and hearbreaking tale about a woman and the impact of war delivers lessons we should have learned long ago. Oct 4, 2021 Full Review Nikki Baughan AWFJ.org Both an excellent drama and a feminist call to arms, Testament of Youth is absolutely unmissable. Oct 4, 2021 Full Review Nick Levine NME (New Musical Express) A handsome and well-acted World War I biopic, but less affecting than it could have been... Rated: 3/5 May 27, 2021 Full Review Read all reviews

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      louise a The story is beautifully written and acted, with an amazing score. The movie really transports us to WW1, and it's easy for us to feel the characters' pain, making it a very emotional and enjoyable watch. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 08/23/23 Full Review Colin M World War I overtaking the lives of young people. Long movie which didn't say much except war is bad because it costs lives, which is already well known. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 06/29/23 Full Review steve d It sometimes slips into melodrama but it is well made and acted. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Absolutely beautiful and devastating movie. Shows a very different narrative to the war and takes away the glorification. The soundtrack is as equally devastating - and yet, hopeful Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Ethan T After watching a Vikander period romance that I despised (Tulip Fever), I was a bit wary for this one. She gives a good performance here, but after seeing that Saoirse Ronan was up for the role I became more critical in analysing it amidst the belief that many could have done Vikander's work here to a similar or better level. Same goes for the rest of the cast. Dominic West showing up was random, as he tends to be, and Egerton, Watson, and the others all give standard performances. The plot threatens to stagnate at many points, but chugs along. I could never quite feel the chemistry between Harington and Vikander, and found their most dramatic scenes together to be slightly wooden. The unlikely tragic turns deviating from the classic period formula gains its originality from the source material, but still ironically conclude on a familiar note of desperation to present a worthwhile theme. The smugness of Tulip Fever never manifests itself here, but instead an uninteresting earnestness that provides only a marginally more enjoyable experience. The characters are not quite presented in an interesting manner as to which emotional investment would be possible, and this is the film's main downfall. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 06/16/21 Full Review Audience Member The lost generation with a female pov. Sad era, so much waste of life. Follows the book very well except her brother being left for dead. He was injured but not like the movie scene which didn't happen. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis During World War I, Oxford University student Vera Brittain (Alicia Vikander) postpones her studies to serve as a nurse while her suitor, her brother and a secret admirer face death in the trenches.
      Director
      James Kent
      Producer
      David Heyman, Rosie Alison
      Screenwriter
      Juliette Towhidi
      Distributor
      Sony Pictures Classics
      Production Co
      Heyday Films
      Rating
      PG-13 (Thematic Material|Bloody/Disturbing War Images)
      Genre
      Biography, History, Drama, War
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jun 5, 2015, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Nov 30, 2016
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $1.8M
      Runtime
      2h 9m
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