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Pearl Harbor Reviews

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Burl Burlingame
Honolulu Star-Advertiser

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.

Full Review Source: Honolulu Star-Advertiser | Original Score: 1/4

December 20, 2012
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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An unremarkable action movie; Pearl Harbor supplies the subject, but not the inspiration.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 25, 2001
James Berardinelli
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Better to wait until it's available on video and you have the option of using a fast-forward button.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

May 24, 2001
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Affleck, Hartnett, and Beckinsdale look gorgeous and do their best to give some depth to the cardboard characters, but they cannot overcome a soapy plot and dialogue that is often wooden and sometimes wildly anachronistic.

| Original Score: 3/5

May 25, 2001
Ted Murphy

Ultimately, what can be said about the film is that it is a disappointment ... It also confirms what most industry people suspected: Michael Bay is no James Cameron.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/5

December 21, 2001
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee

A missed opportunity.

May 25, 2001
Scott Weinberg

Boring, unpleasant and ghoulish. Surely the people who died at Pearl Harbor deserve better than this.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/10

October 10, 2001
Victoria Alexander

Pearl Harbor has a bland love story, no conflict, a well-known outcome, and no star chemistry.

Full Review

May 22, 2001
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium

After ninety minutes of one-note foreshadowing and Beautiful People acting carefree and idealistic, you're actively rooting for the Japs to bomb the snot out of them.

Full Review Source: Flipside Movie Emporium | Original Score: D+

October 24, 2001
Todd McCarthy
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The bombs explode brilliantly but the story is a bust in "Pearl Harbor."

Full Review Source: Variety

July 22, 2008
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

A bloated, waterlogged catastrophe that looks and feels phony in every detail, from the mossy clichés of Randall Wallace's script to the gleaming computerized perfection of its curiously bloodless battle scenes.

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 1/5

May 24, 2001
Rob Gonsalves

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.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 1/5

August 18, 2007
Cole Smithey

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: C-

July 19, 2009
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

May 26, 2006
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

February 4, 2003
Christopher Null

Just another step toward the Disneyfication of our collective memories... a studio-manufactured tearjerker, with nothing left to chance.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 22, 2001
Derek Adams
Time Out
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This bunk is history.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

June 18, 2002
Bob Bloom

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Rob Blackwelder

As impressive as the two immense battle scenes are, they're just not worth suffering through the other two hours of the movie to witness.

Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire | Original Score: 2/4

May 23, 2001
Susan Granger

"It's a stunning, explosive, contrived, commercial war movie. If you want accurate history, rent 'Tora, Tora, Tora.'"

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May 23, 2001
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 2, 2002
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
KJ Doughton
Nitrate Online
June 1, 2001
Jimmy O
Film Snobs
June 10, 2002
Mark Freeman
Critical Eye

July 16, 2001
David Poland
Hot Button
January 7, 2003
Marke Andrews
Vancouver Sun

October 17, 2001
Ray Pride
May 25, 2001
Gary Brown
Houston Community Newspapers
May 29, 2001

Irish Times

June 8, 2001
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Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
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