Black Hawk Down Reviews

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Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
October 19, 2003
Has the pointless verisimilitude of an expensively rendered computer simulation.
Brian Mckay
eFilmCritic.com
March 19, 2003
Suffers from all the same old war movie cliché's [and] the same old character stereotypes . . . Thankfully, most of the cast is up to the job
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
Scott and his cinematographer, Slavomir Idziak, take an already incredible true story and imbue it with a global view and an aesthetic sense that even the soldiers who were there didn't enjoy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Tim Merrill
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
While the film succeeds as a visceral testament to all the servicemen who fought in Mogadishu, particularly the nineteen who lost their lives, Black Hawk Down is more punishing than anything else.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
October 30, 2002
Scott wins points for realism but the overall effect is like watching a two-hour version of the opening 30 minutes of Saving Private Ryan.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
Black Hawk Down is a superb example of its genre.
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
The tools for making high-end action movies have never been put to better use than in Black Hawk Down.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
One big shiny but empty bullet shell.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
August 29, 2002
Ridley Scott's look at combat finds a simple, potent approach - it portrays Earth-bound hell as both meaningless and uncompromisingly ferocious.
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
August 23, 2002
Neither a jingoistic exercise in military muscle (a la Top Gun) nor an existential parable about the futility of war (as in The Thin Red Line).
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
August 17, 2002
While it's based on fact, and it goes a long way to document the circumstances, the film is not about the incident as such. It's about the men.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 29, 2002
What's important here is the choreography and textures of modern warfare, the nuts and bolts of killing and dying...
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Gina Carbone
Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
July 20, 2002
This film made me sick. I mean that as the highest compliment.
| Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
July 20, 2002
A first-rate war movie that presents its subject so horrifyingly well that it doesn't need to probe or preach.
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
July 12, 2002
Intense, realistic battle sequences power this movie, magnifying the difficulty of the choice between valuing life and valuing war efficiency.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper
July 9, 2002
It's hard to walk out of this movie without feeling shaken.
Paul Arendt
Teletext
July 1, 2002
'The prettiest darn war movie you ever did see.'
Shay Casey
Film Written Magazine
June 21, 2002
Remains consistently stimulating for its entire running time.
Full Review | Original Score: capsule
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
June 20, 2002
Director Ridley Scott is back with another very well-crafted, thoroughly entertaining film... that only hints at what's going on beneath the surface.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
June 15, 2002
Black Hawk Down is beautiful in its ugliness, and sad in its beauty.
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