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Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor (2001)



Average Rating: 4.4/10
Reviews Counted: 167
Fresh: 42 | Rotten: 125

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: 3.8/10
Critic Reviews: 38
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 32

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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When the Japanese military launched a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on that fateful day in December of 1941, the United States was caught completely off guard by the formidable force of 350 heavily armed aircraft -- leading to one of the most tragic events in U.S. military history. How could the military base not have known about such a massive attack? Was it due to the amazing strategy of the Japanese pilots, or did their fighters just hit the right place at the most unexpected and vulnerable


Documentary, Drama, Action & Adventure

Randall Wallace

Dec 4, 2001


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All Critics (180) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (42) | Rotten (125) | DVD (46)

The bombs explode brilliantly but the story is a bust in "Pearl Harbor."

July 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety | Comment (1)
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This bunk is history.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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For my money a much better heartbreaker, thrillmaker and tear-tweaker than Titanic.

November 16, 2001 Full Review Source: Washington Post | Comments (8)
Washington Post
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The woe and horror of the event is steamrolled by a surplus of special and digitized effects.

September 7, 2001 Full Review Source: New York Magazine
New York Magazine
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Mostly tests one's patience with unseaworthy dialogue and performers drowning in oily cliches.

June 7, 2001
Hollywood Reporter
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The net result of this mighty effort is perhaps predictable: near total inconsequence.

June 6, 2001 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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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

This violent movie is worth seeing, but only once.

December 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comments (4)
Common Sense Media

"Pearl Harbor" zips through clichés like a chainsaw ripping through a stack of Cliff's Notes.

July 19, 2009 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

May be the closest thing to a good movie Michael Bay will ever direct; unfortunately, it's still not very close to a good movie.

August 18, 2007 Full Review Source:

Shockingly, this saga is as aquare as they come: straight, earnest, and schmlatzy epic about the impact of WWII on two flyers in love with the same girl--a 1940s routine flick with special effects.

October 5, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

It's bad all right -- I was wincing at the overwritten dialogue within the first five minutes.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

The film is not as painful as a blow to the head, but it will cost you up to $10, and it takes three hours.

May 28, 2003 Full Review Source:

[Michael] Bay didn't set out to make a film about Pearl Harbor. He set out to make a TITANIC clone that would go "Ka-ching" at the box office . . . Try TORA TORA TORA instead.

March 20, 2003 Full Review Source:

It's just a bit unfortunate that such an incredible, noble story, one which turned a nation around and galvanized a generation into action, should be told by such weak storytellers.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
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Bay's clunky and mammothly plodding Pearl Harbor is one movie that tries to do too many things at once without concentrating on any one specific point...the romance and action sequences are fussed over yet they deliver nothing really spectacular

February 4, 2003 Full Review | Comment (1)
Movie Eye

A huge steaming pile of cheese with an admittedly spectacular central sequence that is ultimately worth the price of admission.

October 30, 2002 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

I left with one thought: the bombers may have hit their targets, but this film misses the mark.

October 21, 2002 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

Ambitious, reverent and beautifully photographed though it is, Pearl Harbor ultimately is not equal to its aspirations.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

A disappointing film because it simply doesn't live up to the enormity of its subject matter; it doesn't engage us but batters us into submission.

August 17, 2002 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

The worst thing to happen to movies in the past decade--a bold-faced negation of art, craft, emotion and importance.

July 24, 2002
Philadelphia Weekly

Pearl Harbor is what you get when you cross Independence Day with Titanic, with the result possessing the good qualities of neither. The movie gave me a stomachache, literally.

July 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

Bay is the most dangerous of directors, a hack who believes himself an auteur.

June 18, 2002 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Wallace and Bay aren't striving for gutsy realism. "Pearl Harbor" isn't so much about the start of WWII as it is about Hollywood perceptions of WWII.

June 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette | Comment (1)
Kalamazoo Gazette

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
Film Crazy

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Just two words: Unconvincing acting
June 13, 2012

Super Reviewer

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

Super Reviewer

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 (5 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 (21 months ago)
    1. Franklin D. Roosevelt: We're building refrigerators, while our enemies build bombs.
    – Submitted by Scott S (21 months 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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