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Black Hawk Down Reviews

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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
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I also don't know how well this 2001 drama represents the events of October 3 and 4, 1993, though I can see that it represents them in a realist vein, referring to other war movies without becoming frivolous.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

November 8, 2011
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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Black Hawk Down makes that point without preachment, in precise and pitiless imagery. And for that reason alone it takes its place on the very short list of the unforgettable movies about war and its ineradicable and immeasurable costs.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

November 8, 2011


It looks fantastic, not least because it boasts helicopter scenes to rival those of Apocalypse Now.

Full Review Source: Film4

November 8, 2011
Kelly Kessler
Common Sense Media

Violent depiction of a risky rescue; adults only.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

January 2, 2011
Nick Rogers

No film from the Zeroes - hell, maybe ever - more forcefully imparted the horrors of war as thoroughly, coherently and hauntingly. Even justified wars run rampant with monstrosities, and this showed just how critical camaraderie can be in conquering them.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/4

September 25, 2010
Cole Smithey

Black Hawk Down" is a precise vision of how little war has changed in spite of America's high-tech equipment and extensive vocabulary of modern tactics.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: B-

August 23, 2009
Todd McCarthy
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A relentless immersion in combat strikingly realized but none too pleasurable to sit through.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 2, 2009
Brandon Fibbs

While fine films like Saving Private Ryan depict warfare at its worst, they do not depict warfare in modernity. I cannot imagine a better representation of war, with all of its urban complexities, than Black Hawk Down.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 8/10

February 28, 2008
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound

Action masters Ridley Scott and Jerry Bruckheimer prove that it is possible to extend the opening twenty minutes of Saving Private Ryan to two full hours. Now all they have to do is spend some of that time creating characters to care about.

Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Original Score: 3/4

December 27, 2007
Rob Gonsalves

It would've been nice to get to know a few of the men we're meant to care about.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

July 23, 2007
Mark Dinning
Empire Magazine

Ambitious, sumptuously-framed and frenetic, Black Hawk Down occasionally errs on the confused, but is nonetheless a rare find of a war movie which dares to turn genre convention on its head.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

December 30, 2006

Time Out
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[Scott] does a reasonable job sketching the complicated and contradictory political context, but attempts to bring in the odd Somali perspective are grossly inadequate.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Emanuel Levy

Though visually awesome in its gritty portrayal of combat, the film is marred by lack of coherent or engaging story and distinguishable characters to anchor the tale.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B+

April 26, 2006
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

'Black Hawk Down' jerks you around, slaps the side of your head, and kicks your butt back up to keep moving on. [Published 1-26-02]

Full Review | Original Score: A

December 11, 2005
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

War is inevitable, and often gruesome, but it also turns brave soldiers into heroes.

Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY) | Original Score: 3/4

June 23, 2004
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review

One helluva war film.

Full Review Source: Blunt Review | Original Score: 3/4

March 7, 2004
Michael Dequina
Film Threat

It's a rather shrewd move to not develop the characters beyond the most limited degree; the cold, wasteful machine-like quality to the destruction comes across all the better without forced melodrama.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4.5/5

January 12, 2004
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

... A film that needed to be made and needs to be seen.

Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) | Original Score: 4/4

January 7, 2004
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette

As with the real life operation, the movie was not very well thought out.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

January 1, 2004
Nik Huggins
Future Movies UK

The immediacy and realism of BHD is the key to its success, largely constructed through superior direction and a good cast, elements that ensure the viewer a harrowing yet enjoyable cinematic experience.

Full Review Source: Future Movies UK | Original Score: 7/10

November 6, 2003
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