Pearl Harbor (2001)

Pearl Harbor



Critic Consensus: 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.

Movie Info

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.

Rating: PG-13 (for sustained intense war sequences, images of wounded, brief sensuality and some language)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Randall Wallace
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 4, 2001
Box Office: $197.8M
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as Danny Walker

as Evelyn Johnson

as Pres. Roosevelt

as Dorie Miller

as Anthony R. Fusco

as Doolittle

as Adm. Yamamoto

as Adm. Kimmel

as Capt. Thurman

as Gen. Marshall

as Wounded Sailor #3

as Nishikura

as Minoru Genda

as Young Danny

as Young Rafe

as Danny's Father

as Rafe's Father

as Training Captain

as Flyer with Murmer

as George

as Strategic Analyst

as Japanese Officer

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as Presidential Aide

as Vice Admiral

as Motherly Secretary

as Martha

as Listener

as Kimmel's Aide

as Louie the Sailor

as Japanese Shy Bomber

as Radar Private Ellis

as Radar Private No. 2

as Army Commander

as Captain of the West ...

as Pop-Up Sailor

as Joe the Boxer

as Terrified Sailor

as Navy Doctor

as Senior Doctor

as Minister

as Army Corps Major

as Admiral on the Horne...

as Jack Richards

as Hornet Radio Op

as Admiral Halsey

as Doolittle Co-Pilot

as Navigator

as Japanese Soldier

as Japanese Soldier

as Japanese Soldier

as Nursing Supervisor

as Train Conductor

as Japanese Tourist

as 18-Year-Old Tourist

as Orderly in Aftermath

as Navy Officer in Hosp...

as Captain of the Horne...

as Next Guy in Line

as Next Guy in Line No....

as Samoan Bouncer

as Traction Sailor

as Wounded Sailor No. 1

as Wounded Sailor No. 2

as Young Nervous Doctor

as Captain Low

as Teeny Mayfield

as Major Jackson

as Mission Listener

as Medic

as News Reel Guy

as Young Flier

as Pearl Harbor Nurse

as Japanese Aide No. 1

as Japanese Aide No. 2

as Japanese Aide No. 3

as Sunburnt Sailor

as Japanese Doctor

as Screaming Sailor

as Wounded Sailor No. 3

as Hospital Chaplain

as Baja Sailor No. 1

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as Lieutenant in Boat

as Dorie's Friend

as French Fisherman

as Sailor with Dog

as Rescue Sailor

as Baby Danny

as Agaki Communication ...

as Helmsman No. 1

as Bombing Sailor

as Helmsman No. 2

as Danny's Gunner

as RAF Squadron Leader

as Pilot No. 1

as Pilot No. 2

as Pilot No. 3
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Critic Reviews for Pearl Harbor

All Critics (189) | Top Critics (48)

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

Full Review… | May 28, 2014
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 28, 2014
New York Observer
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 28, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 27, 2014
New York Daily News
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 27, 2014
Associated Press
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 27, 2014
AV Club
Top Critic

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.

Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

Just two words: Unconvincing acting

Eliza Norton

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.

Tyler Robertson
Tyler Robertson

Super Reviewer

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