Kenneth Turan | Los Angeles Times
From first to last, “Testament of Youth” sweeps you away. Unapologetically emotional and impeccably made in the classic manner, it tells the kind of potent story whose unforeseen complexities can come only courtesy of a life that lived them all.
Based on Vera Brittain’s deeply felt 1933 memoir of her World War I experiences, “Testament of Youth” is an attempt to write history in terms of personal life that is wrenched out of its author’s very soul. Only that way, Brittain wrote, “could I rescue something that might be of value, some element of truth and hope and usefulness, from the smashing up of my own youth by the War.”