Black Hawk Down Reviews

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Top Critic
Todd McCarthy
Variety
January 2, 2009
A relentless immersion in combat strikingly realized but none too pleasurable to sit through.
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
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 18, 2002
Whenever the battle stops for even a moment to focus on characters, just about every John Wayne war movie cliche imaginable takes over.
Jeremiah Kipp
Matinee Magazine
January 7, 2002
Take away its timely guise of patriotism, and it's a real horror show, more about murder than military prowess.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
January 15, 2002
Action isn't enough to propel this blessed-with-fine-timing war adventure into anything more than a high-testosterone snoozer.
| Original Score: 2/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 4, 2002
What this film accomplished was show some 100 brave Army Rangers and elite Delta Force soldiers in action surrounded by about 5,000 heavily armed Somalis...
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jeremiah Kipp
Filmcritic.com
February 5, 2002
It's just chaotic.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
March 5, 2002
I imagine most people will find something to like in Black Hawk Down, but I don't know why they'd want to be bothered with a picture that puts the audience through so much to give so little.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
May 30, 2002
O filme acaba se resumindo a uma longa seqüência envolvendo trocas de tiros, explosões e mortes, sem se preocupar com o lado humano da tragédia.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
June 5, 2002
Although technically superb, this film left me exhausted, confused, and angry.
June 11, 2002
Deja mucho que desear y muestra como su director ha optado, conforme avanza en edad, en cambiar la calidad de la historia por un exceso de violencia injustificada.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
December 25, 2001
A studied composition in flying debris, fleeing crowds, and detached limbs.
Top Critic
Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
December 27, 2001
Like Mr. Scott's G.I. Jane but this time with an all-boy cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
December 28, 2001
The Somalians feel like props, something to be plugged at a shooting gallery.
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
January 21, 2002
Whatever level of sympathy is evoked is not enough to counter balance the sheer resentment some of us might feel at this attempt to make commercial hay out of a huge military tragedy of our time.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
June 4, 2002
It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
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
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
October 19, 2003
Has the pointless verisimilitude of an expensively rendered computer simulation.
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
One big shiny but empty bullet shell.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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

CinemaBlend.com
August 12, 2002
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