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Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor (2001)



Average Rating: 4.6/10
Reviews Counted: 188
Fresh: 47 | Rotten: 141

Pearl Harbor tries to be the Titanic of war movies, but it's just a tedious romance filled with laughably bad dialogue. The 40 minute action sequence is spectacular though.


Average Rating: 4.3/10
Critic Reviews: 48
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 40

Pearl Harbor tries to be the Titanic of war movies, but it's just a tedious romance filled with laughably bad dialogue. The 40 minute action sequence is spectacular though.



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Set during the time of the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, two childhood friends are caught up in the events that draw the United States into World War II. Together, they enlist in the US Air Force and soon enough they both become involved with the same woman.


Documentary, Drama, Action & Adventure

Randall Wallace

Dec 4, 2001


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All Critics (189) | Top Critics (48) | Fresh (47) | Rotten (141) | DVD (45)

Pearl Harbor is a blockheaded, hollow-hearted industrial enterprise.

May 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal
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The best way to see the movie is as I did: expecting nothing and being pleasantly surprised, and strangely moved, by Mr. Bay's audacity in filming his lovers in end-of-the-world close-ups, however briefly.

May 28, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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The effect of watching a Michael Bay film is indistinguishable from having a large, pointy lump of rock drop on your head. His new picture, Pearl Harbor, maintains the mood.

May 28, 2014 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker
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Pearl Harbor is a bomb, make no mistake. But the movie is such a noisy, persistent bomb that it is guaranteed to draw a crowd.

May 27, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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For all the 118 actors listed, the movie offers almost no sense of authentic humanity. The faces the filmmakers plaster on their characters are as flat and stereotyped as those on war-recruitment posters.

May 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Associated Press
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Leave it to Bay and Bruckheimer to reduce one of America's biggest military tragedies into a three-hour avalanche of Kodak moments, and one of America's defining crises into a facile exercise in fake uplift.

May 27, 2014 Full Review Source: AV Club
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As impressive as the physical verisimilitude is, it only accentuates the contrast with the banalities of a script that lacks any fully developed characters.

May 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

Bloated and boring, Pearl Harbor is a collection of war-movie clichés.

May 27, 2014 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

Bay seems temperamentally incapable of holding a shot for much more than five seconds.

May 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Weaknesses of plot and characterisation are only amplified by the film's unwieldy size and patriotic portent, and the script is toe-curlingly bad.

May 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

While the film manages to drag the actual attack out to 45 minutes of its ponderous 183 minute running time, that still leaves a lot of movie to be taken up by what passes for plot -- a convoluted romance of the heavily cliched kind.

May 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

This is so bad, it's good. This is a real disaster.

May 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Those who should be offended are American veterans. Their service has been reduced to a sentimental fable of two heroic pilots and their noble lass proving their gumption and their bravery. Even as a tall tale, it's puny.

May 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

Go for the rousing flag-waving, for the sense of experiencing a terrible and profound moment in history, but be prepared to swallow it all with a huge dose of treacle.

May 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Tulsa World
Tulsa World

Watch, enjoy, and then forget about it entirely.

May 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Even the much-vaunted depiction of the Japanese attack, while often visually arresting, still suffers from over-frenetic editing and more emphasis on adventure thrills than befits the tragedy of Pearl Harbor.

May 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

There's a certain symbolic symmetry here. The Navy and Walt Disney have teamed up on the production, and both view history as something to be managed and exploited.

December 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Audience Reviews for Pearl Harbor

Well i dont know why its so liked, i for once agree with the critics as this was just a boring terrrible movie, the attack on Pearl Harbour itself was atleast enjoying purely for the explosions, but its storyline seems very pointless and probably the most bizzare and unconvincing story.
August 26, 2012
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Just two words: Unconvincing acting
June 13, 2012

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This is not a movie about Pearl Harbor. It's a movie about a sappy romance that happens to take place during the attack on Pearl Harbor. I don't even know where to begin. Some really boring love triangle takes place and it gets in the way of making what could've been a good film. It's just a really boring film. In terms of writing, directing and story, the film is weak, but when it comes to action, that's when it's at its strongest. What can you expect from Michael Bay? He's the classic example of a director who puts special effects before a plot. The acting in this film is sad to watch. I can't really blame the actors considering that they weren't given anything to go with though. Here's a quote from the movie that shows how bad the dialogue is:
-Ben Affleck: "You are so beautiful it hurts"
-Kate Beckinsale: "It's your nose that hurts"
-Ben Affleck: "I think it's my heart"
Wow...that's The first time I saw that scene, I literally cringed in my seat because of those lines. The first time I saw it was in my 8th grade Social Studies class (Thanks a lot Mrs. Lewis) and when I cringed next to someone at my table, he asked why and I had to pass it off as a shudder. This film is just terrible. It was sad to see great actors like Jon Voight and Cuba gooding Jr. fall victim to Michael Bay dialogue. Avoid this film if you can. It's a huge insult to the people who actually died in Pearl Harbor and there are WW2 veterans who saw this film and hated it, calling it "insulting trash." Shame on you Michael Bay.
March 16, 2012
Tyler Robertson

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Michael Bay is gay. Direct quote:
-Ben Affleck: "You are so beautiful it hurts"
-Kate Beckinsale: "It's your nose that hurts"
-Ben Affleck: "I think it's my heart"
I don't even wanna get into the reasons why this movie sucks.
March 9, 2012
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer

    1. Franklin D. Roosevelt: I like sub commanders. They don't have time for bullshit and neither do I.
    – Submitted by Jared B (10 months ago)
    1. Barbara: If the call of duty means seeing a hundred men in their underwear everyday, we are here to serve.
    – Submitted by Scott S (2 years ago)
    1. Franklin D. Roosevelt: We're building refrigerators, while our enemies build bombs.
    – Submitted by Scott S (2 years ago)
    1. Rafe McCawley: Danny, you can't die. You can't die. You know why? 'Cause you're gonna be a father. You're gonna be a daddy. I wasn't supposed to tell you. You're gonna be a father.
    2. Danny Walker: No, you are.
    – Submitted by Abbie S (2 years ago)
    1. Rafe McCawley: God your so beautiful that it hurts.
    2. Evelyn Johnson: It's your nose!
    3. Rafe McCawley: No I think its my heart...
    – Submitted by Jonathan O (2 years ago)
    1. Gooz: I got a girlfriend.
    – Submitted by Tyler K (2 years ago)
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