The Alamo Reviews

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Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
April 16, 2004
Where's John Wayne when you need him?...Even if you're inclined to remember the Alamo, you're likely to forget The Alamo.
Rebecca Murray
About.com
April 16, 2004
The Alamo finds you leaving the theater not debating whether or not the movie was historically accurate, but wondering what exactly was the point of making this film.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
April 15, 2004
John Lee Hancock ... has done the unforgivable - he has made a boring movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Audrey Rock-Richardson
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
April 15, 2004
Thornton's Crockett provides most of the entertainment value hidden in this haystack of historical boredom.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com
April 14, 2004
The movie is good as a historical tool but as entertainment it is only average.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
April 14, 2004
Simplistic history and pompous, jingoistic propaganda; worst of all, it lacks much in the way of excitement.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
April 14, 2004
As earnest and safe as looking both ways three times before crossing the street.
| Original Score: C
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
April 14, 2004
it hits enough true notes to elevate it above the usual patriotic flag waving renditions
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Top Critic
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
April 13, 2004
It's dull, talky, and sometimes maudlin.
Rick Kisonak
Film Threat
April 13, 2004
It's a big fat studio production (the set is the largest built by Hollywood in modern times) that infuses old fashioned epic tradition with contemporary sensibility and convincing, cutting edge CGIs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Pete Vonder Haar
Film Threat
April 13, 2004
The Alamo isn't so much Hollywood cheese as it is a big bowl of weak queso that could've used a couple handfuls of jalapeņos.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Debruge
Premiere Magazine
April 13, 2004
Looks and feels like the kind of 16mm filmstrip once projected in grade-school history classes, right down to the corny dialogue and hammy acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Phil Hall
Film Threat
April 13, 2004
The rare Hollywood epic which prefers to offer facts rather than flag-waving. An excellent movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Vince Koehler
Entertainment Spectrum
April 12, 2004
The Alamo honors the handful of men who stood up for their passion and ideals against an overwhelming force.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Luke Y. Thompson
LYTRules.com
April 12, 2004
It wasn't as boring as I thought it'd be.
April 12, 2004
Meets the challenge of telling a tale with a known unhappy ending and keeping dramatic tension; narratively, you'll wish you had the seven pound 8th grade Texas History book.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
April 12, 2004
'The Alamo' is forgettable, with the exception of Billy Bob Thornton's performance as a Davy Crockett who deserves a movie of his own...
| Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 12, 2004
Thanks to the skills of director and co-screenwriter John Lee Hancock and a deep cast of reliable veterans, this is an authentic and rousing version of the most famous battle in Texas history.
Beth Jones
Roanoke Times (Virginia)
April 12, 2004
Thornton's performance as a slightly itchy Davy Crockett saves it from being a complete and total bomb.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Danny Minton
Beaumont Journal
April 12, 2004
I can see Disney execs many years from now, in a cry to make better films, yelling "Remember The Alamo!"
Full Review | Original Score: C
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