5 Days Of War - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

5 Days Of War Reviews

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
December 4, 2011
...an aggressively unwatchable piece of work that trivializes its searing subject matter...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
September 9, 2011
Opening with the oft-quoted statement "The first casualty of war is truth," 5 Days of War should have heeded its own warning.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Jeanne Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
September 2, 2011
Harlin made a wise decision to use Checco Varese as his Director of Photography. As a veteran news cameraman, he has a wealth of experience shooting war zones which translated brilliantly to this film.
David Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
September 2, 2011
"5 Days of War" is an action-packed and tense story of a handful of ultra-heroic war correspondents who risk their lives to tell the truth.
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
September 1, 2011
[Presents] its protagonist journalists as ill-defined types performing heroic daring-do and the Georgian refugees taken under their wing as a plot device.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 1, 2011
An action movie scarcely deeper than a Michael Bay extravaganza.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
August 30, 2011
One can imagine a powerful film being made using the brief 2008 'war' as a backdrop. Unfortunately, this isn't it.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
August 26, 2011
Harlin's film begins with the familiar adage that truth is the first casualty of war. Usually that phrase precedes an attempt to revive the patient, not bury it deeper in the rubble of propaganda.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
August 26, 2011
Basically 5 Days of War is a popcorn movie for people itching to hate Russians again.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
August 26, 2011
5 Days of war seems like an eternity if you are in the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
August 26, 2011
The plot is culled from a variety of "war is hell but I'm covering it anyway" journalist-in-the-field movies but handled with clichéd clumsiness in a script by David Battle and doctored by Finnish writer Mikko Alanne.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
August 25, 2011
Flimsy dramatization of Russia/Georgia conflict fails both as historical re-enactment and as action-flick thrill ride.
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
August 19, 2011
Harlin manages to summarize the intensity of combat and the despair of conflict. Despite its many flaws, "5 Days of War" retains a visceral punch. A shame it doesn't have much of a brain.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
August 19, 2011
As propaganda, 5 Days Of War is unlikely to make a mark, though perhaps the idea of reaching people through would-be blockbusters will.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 19, 2011
A finely realized depiction of war today and of the civilians who suffer the not always 'collateral' consequences.
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John DeFore
Washington Post
August 19, 2011
Harlin's roots show throughout the picture, as he films real-life horrors with a bombast better suited to summer entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
August 19, 2011
Embarrassingly clumsy.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
August 19, 2011
Should appeal more to those who like to watch stuff blow up than understand exactly why the carnage is transpiring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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John Anderson
Variety
August 18, 2011
A hell-on-earth thriller that makes valiant gestures toward geopolitical savvy but gets bushwhacked by vet helmer Renny Harlin's weakness for the Rambo-esque.
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August 18, 2011
The low-budget movie, set during Russia's 2008 invasion of Georgia, is neither innovative nor profound, but it is kinetic, visceral and sometimes moving.
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