The Alamo Reviews

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
February 4, 2015
Something was missing from the film. It lacked punch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
September 9, 2010
Doesn't work despite Thornton's top performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
May 5, 2009
This dog of a movie confirms that in 1836 Texas was stolen from Mexico by a bunch of opportunistic bastards whose descendants went on to use similarly underhanded methods to steal the office of the White House in 2000.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Russ Breimeier
Christianity Today
September 1, 2006
There are great moments, though it's ultimately a lightweight film and certainly not an Oscar contender.
| Original Score: 3/4
Betsy Bozdech
Hollywood.com
August 31, 2006
Not even good sets, plenty of historical detail, and Billy Bob Thornton can put life into director John Lee Hancock's slow-moving, poorly acted Texan saga.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
July 7, 2006
Com exceção das performances de Thornton e Quaid, o filme traz caracterizações estereotipadas e freqüentemente se entrega ao sentimentalismo barato.
| Original Score: 2/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 3, 2005
Laborious mush.
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 15, 2004
But is this 'Alamo' the definitive version? No, this is no History Channel presentation.
Full Review | Original Score: B
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
October 5, 2004
Like its sets of the Alamo...the movie attempts to do more than is necessary, bogging down in minutiae where traditional facades would have done just as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Will Lawrence
Empire Magazine
September 4, 2004
In spite of two great performances, this is a muddled affair.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Neil Smith
BBC.com
August 24, 2004
Sluggish, talky and unfocused, its downbeat revisionism robbing its historical figures of the iconic status that would have made their story worth retelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
June 29, 2004
Remembering this Alamo is a lot easier with the fiddle in the capable hands of Billy Bob.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
May 30, 2004
This film is mainly for people who are interested in history, not entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
May 20, 2004
For much of the time, it's a desultory tour through period movie hell, complete with carefully aged costumes and cement-like chunks of exposition.
C. Neil Williams
Boxoffice Magazine
May 6, 2004
The Alamo feels fraught with compromise, both artistic and historical.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
April 23, 2004
Hancock keeps what could have been a leaden behemoth accessible and engaging by drawing a bead on the personalities of the men who've loomed over history books, warts and all.
| Original Score: 3/4
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
April 22, 2004
When it feels like its winding to a close, [director] Hancock inserts a five minute scene of Dennis Quaid shaving, and then the movie goes on for another 20 minutes.
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
April 19, 2004
You may or may not remember "The Alamo."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
April 19, 2004
The equivalent of one long drone from a stiff Social Studies teacher who can scarcely be bothered to add any sort of relevance to the topic.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
April 17, 2004
...there's too much and too little simultaneously to make this a really good film.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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