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5 Days Of War Reviews

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Rob Hunter
Film School Rejects

Full Review Source: Film School Rejects | Original Score: C

August 20, 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
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
Jason Di Rosso
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

It masquerades as an underdog story about journalists who cut through the fog of war, but it's patronising enough to think we won't notice the cliches and simplifications.

Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National

July 22, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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Renny Harlin used to make ridiculous movies involving pirates or Sylvester Stallone; now he makes ridiculous movies about Putin's 2008 invasion of the country of Georgia.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

August 17, 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
Jaime N. Christley
Slant Magazine

If 5 Days of War is any indication, Renny Harlin is looking to hoist himself up from the bottom of the barrel using the Blood Diamond template.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: .5/4

August 14, 2011
Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
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Had it rejected the genre's romantic trappings and false heroics more consistently, the movie might've been worth the ride.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

August 17, 2011
David Noh
Film Journal International

Would-be serious treatment of war is lethally undermined by director Renny Harlin's ham-fisted, exploitative approach.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

August 18, 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
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
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