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5 Days Of War Reviews

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...an aggressively unwatchable piece of work that trivializes its searing subject matter...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 1/4

December 4, 2011
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

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 Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 1/5

September 9, 2011
Jeanne Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

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.

Full Review Source: Kaplan vs. Kaplan

September 2, 2011
David Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

"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.

Full Review Source: Kaplan vs. Kaplan

September 2, 2011
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies

[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 Source: Mark Reviews Movies | Original Score: 2/4

September 1, 2011
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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An action movie scarcely deeper than a Michael Bay extravaganza.

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

September 1, 2011
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

One can imagine a powerful film being made using the brief 2008 'war' as a backdrop. Unfortunately, this isn't it.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: C

August 30, 2011
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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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 Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

August 26, 2011
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies

Basically 5 Days of War is a popcorn movie for people itching to hate Russians again.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 2/5

August 26, 2011
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

5 Days of war seems like an eternity if you are in the audience.

Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics | Original Score: 5/10

August 26, 2011
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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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 Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 26, 2011
John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
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Flimsy dramatization of Russia/Georgia conflict fails both as historical re-enactment and as action-flick thrill ride.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

August 25, 2011
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com

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 Source: BrianOrndorf.com | Original Score: C

August 19, 2011
Alison Willmore
AV Club
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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 Source: AV Club | Original Score: D+

August 19, 2011
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

A finely realized depiction of war today and of the civilians who suffer the not always 'collateral' consequences.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

August 19, 2011
John DeFore
Washington Post
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Harlin's roots show throughout the picture, as he films real-life horrors with a bombast better suited to summer entertainment.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 1/4

August 19, 2011
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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Embarrassingly clumsy.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 0/5

August 19, 2011
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Should appeal more to those who like to watch stuff blow up than understand exactly why the carnage is transpiring.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

August 19, 2011
John Anderson
Variety
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

August 18, 2011
Mark Jenkins
NPR
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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.

Full Review Source: NPR

August 18, 2011
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