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The Alamo Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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They may have gotten the history more or less right. But this is an Alamo that could have used a little more Hollywood.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/5

April 9, 2004
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Emotionally inert and poorly paced, The Alamo transforms one of Texas' best-known events into an uninvolving bore.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

April 6, 2004
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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As talented as the cast is, not a one makes this an Alamo worth remembering

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 9, 2004
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Doesn't work despite Thornton's top performance.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 2/5

September 9, 2010
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee

As earnest and safe as looking both ways three times before crossing the street.

| Original Score: C

April 14, 2004
James Rocchi
Netflix

Disney's PG-13 spectacle does a disservice to both fact and fiction with clumsy, cliche writing.

Full Review Source: Netflix | Original Score: 1/5

April 8, 2004
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

The Alamo is handsomely shot and written with plain-spoken eloquence. But the characters are indistinct, and there's no compelling reason for this movie.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2/4

April 8, 2004
Austin O'Connor
Lowell Sun

slips from the mind so quickly it might as well be about the rental car agency, and not the famous Texas battle.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

April 8, 2004
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Laborious mush.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness

May 3, 2005
Betsy Bozdech
Hollywood.com

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 Source: Hollywood.com | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 31, 2006
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com

It's no wonder 'Remember the Alamo!' is spoken so often as a rallying cry. If the new film ... is any indication, it's a pretty easy place to forget.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: C-

April 8, 2004
Victoria Alexander
Movie Reviews in Croatian

Forget it.

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April 2, 2004
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium

A lot of pretty postcards and some nice fellas we don't mind hanging out with -- okay for a historic landmark, but thin soup for a would-be epic.

Full Review Source: Flipside Movie Emporium | Original Score: C

April 9, 2004
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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A historically credible but overly prosaic account of the most celebrated episode in the creation of an Americanized Texas.

Full Review Source: Variety

April 8, 2004
Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
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For all the gun smoke, the image of the fort's defenders silhouetted against a blood-red Texas sky and the unrelenting bombast of Carter Burwell's score, the filmmakers never make the case why we should remember the Alamo.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

April 8, 2004
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

In trying to give human dimension to one of the legendary events of American history, the creators of The Alamo succeed only in making it dull.

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 2/5

April 6, 2004
Rebecca Murray
About.com

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 Source: About.com | Original Score: C-

April 16, 2004
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

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 Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: D+

May 5, 2009
Joshua Tyler
CinemaBlend.com

Great performances and big Texas skies can't fix disjointed storytelling and bland action sequences.

Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com | Original Score: 3/5

April 8, 2004
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee

A heartfelt yet strangely uninvolving account of the mythic Texas battle.

Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 9, 2004
Betty Jo Tucker
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October 6, 2004
Leonard Maltin
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April 17, 2004
Kenneth Turan
NPR's Morning Edition
December 30, 2006
David Ansen
Newsweek
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November 1, 2007

Orlando Weekly
April 9, 2004

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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April 9, 2004

ComingSoon.net
April 12, 2004

Boston Phoenix
April 17, 2004

Time Out
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June 24, 2006

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