Black Hawk Down Reviews

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Mark Steyn
The Spectator
June 18, 2012
The nobility and inspiration are in the action. It is in that sense a film very much in tune with America's mood: practical, resolute, fierce.
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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
November 8, 2011
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.
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
November 8, 2011
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.

Film4
November 8, 2011
It looks fantastic, not least because it boasts helicopter scenes to rival those of Apocalypse Now.
Kelly Kessler
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Violent depiction of a risky rescue; adults only.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com
September 25, 2010
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 | Original Score: 4/4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
August 23, 2009
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 | Original Score: B-
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
January 2, 2009
A relentless immersion in combat strikingly realized but none too pleasurable to sit through.
Brandon Fibbs
BrandonFibbs.com
February 28, 2008
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 | Original Score: 8/10
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
December 27, 2007
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
July 23, 2007
It would've been nice to get to know a few of the men we're meant to care about.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mark Dinning
Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
[Scott] does a reasonable job sketching the complicated and contradictory political context, but attempts to bring in the odd Somali perspective are grossly inadequate.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
April 26, 2006
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 | Original Score: B+
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
December 11, 2005
'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
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
June 23, 2004
War is inevitable, and often gruesome, but it also turns brave soldiers into heroes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
March 7, 2004
One helluva war film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Michael Dequina
Film Threat
January 12, 2004
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 | Original Score: 4.5/5
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
January 7, 2004
... A film that needed to be made and needs to be seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
January 1, 2004
As with the real life operation, the movie was not very well thought out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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