Behind Enemy Lines Reviews

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Joe Leydon
Variety
February 23, 2012
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Natasha Senjanovic
Hollywood Reporter
March 22, 2011
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Robert Koehler
Variety
January 1, 2009
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
The filmmakers do their best to distract us, but eventually it becomes hard to ignore that Behind Enemy Lines is one long chase sequence.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 9, 2002
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
January 9, 2002
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
December 8, 2001
An old-fashioned game of the cinematic cat-and-mouse, soldier-on-the-run variety.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
December 6, 2001
The only thing certain about Behind Enemy Lines is that Mr. Wilson is in it for the chance to work with Mr. Hackman, and Mr. Hackman is in it for the money.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
December 3, 2001
A piece of junk.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
November 30, 2001
Pro forma stuff, so much so that you start to wonder why no fetching femme resistance fighter materializes to help the Americans on the ground.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
November 30, 2001
This baby comes equipped with all the bells and missiles. Given the standard-issue plot, it's about all it can be.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
November 30, 2001
The pop-soundtrack bombast of the too-infrequently somber Behind Enemy Lines ... sometimes reduces a mediocre pursuit movie with capable action to 'Rockin' Bosnia.'
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
November 30, 2001
Directed by first-timer John Moore on the strength of his work on a Sega game ad, which may tell you everything you need to know about its visual sense and narrative nonsense.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 30, 2001
Put into the context of a real world at war, the movie seems impossibly shallow.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
November 30, 2001
'Oh no, what will happen to Tom Cruise!' -- that might have worked. 'Oh no, what will happen to Owen Wilson!' just doesn't cut it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
November 30, 2001
If you're looking for anything beyond flashy entertainment, Behind Enemy Lines feels out of whack from the start.
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John Anderson
Newsday
November 30, 2001
Has first-rate action and a lot of it.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 30, 2001
A slickly entertaining war movie that's sometimes striking, sometimes silly -- but never, ever boring.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
November 30, 2001
Politics bad. Boom boom good.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
November 30, 2001
A highly competent, if inflated, action flick that offers us war from every vantage.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
November 30, 2001
An involving and driving action-packed movie.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 30, 2001
Its hero is so reckless and its villains so incompetent that it's a showdown between a man begging to be shot, and an enemy that can't hit the side of a Bos-nian barn.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
November 30, 2001
It's no more than recruiting-poster deep.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
November 29, 2001
Provides about as intense an immersion in military ambience as a Hollywood movie could hope to provide in just over 90 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
November 29, 2001
A video and commercial maker as well as a military-hardware buff, Moore knows how to mount a visual assault.
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Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News
November 29, 2001
It sent two of America's most watchable actors -- veteran Gene Hackman and Dallas native Owen Wilson -- to war without a script.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 29, 2001
A sleek, slick war movie that works as an adrenaline-pumping action ride and as a great recruitment ad for the U.S. Navy.
| Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 29, 2001
The premise is familiar and the storyline formulaic, yet the execution is effective enough that it keeps us involved for the running length.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 29, 2001
As steel-toed, tin-eared, flat-footed, jingoistic military thrillers go, Behind Enemy Lines marches in formation, clomping down familiar roads.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Charles Savage
Miami Herald
November 29, 2001
Moore, just up from television commercials, relies too heavily on a pastiche of stylistic elements cribbed from others.
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
November 29, 2001
All those arguments about how desensitizing video games are certainly apply here.
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Paul Tatara
CNN.com
November 29, 2001
An implausible military technology adventure that takes about 10 minutes to get started, then climaxes for an hour-and-a-half.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
November 29, 2001
The Bosnian War becomes a video game, Gene Hackman turns into a pseudo-John Wayne, and Owen Wilson and Vladimir Mashkov impersonate The Roadrunner and Wile E. Coyote.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
November 29, 2001
It is loud. It is formulaic. It's also, more often than not, a thumping good time at the movies.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Jessica Winter
Village Voice
November 27, 2001
The exhausting obsession with gizmos and gotchas only accentuates a baffling disinterest in the story's emotional crux.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
November 21, 2001
Uncomplicated war movie with straight-ahead, MTV-style action mixed with simplistic politics.