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Testament of Youth (12A)

Biography, Drama, History

A British woman recalls coming of age during World War I.

The critical consensus

A respectable and respectful heartbreaker.

***(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 12/01/2015

Vikander brings fresh emotional weight to the familiar scenario of WW1 grief, ensuring that this mostly avoids the traps of dull, dutiful heritage cinema.

****(*)Simon Kinnear, Total Film, 11/01/2015

There are familiar moments in Vera Brittain’s stirring story, though the Kent's craft and Vikander’s exquisite talent will ensure that the author’s memories live in the minds of a fresh generation...

****(*)Will Lawrence, Empire Online, 12/01/2015

While the film is unlikely to convert those who are fundamentally opposed to British period dramas, it is well made and director Jonathan Kent deserves credit for telling Brittain’s story in a way that rarely feels manipulative or melodramatic.

***(*)(*)Stephen Carty, Flix Capacitor, 15/01/2015

There are intelligent performances here, but the movie is veiled with piety.

**(*)(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 15/01/2015

In spite of the sometimes mannered storytelling style and the over-abundance of frocks and bonnets, we are aware of the rawness of her grief and of her dismay and anger at the way an entire generation is being given up for slaughter.

***(*)(*)Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent, 16/01/2015

Heartbreak porn and little more.

Emma Simmonds, Little White Lies, 15/01/2015

Testament Of Youth is a sad film but Vera's journey allows us a sense that something worthwhile emerged from all the carnage and conflict.

****(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 16/01/2015

There’s no anger or outrage within the film to back up its heroine’s emotional turmoil.

**(*)(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 17/01/2015

A Testament Of Youth is a Best of British production that stands as a worthy memorial to a lost generation without feeling remotely worthy itself.

****(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Sunday Express, 18/01/2015

It’s a powerful story, and one that deserves to be told and retold, albeit in rather more adventurous fashion.

***(*)(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 18/01/2015

Features about Testament of Youth (12A)

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Henry Fitzherbert, Sunday Express, 11/01/2015

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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