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Black Hawk Down Reviews

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Todd McCarthy
Variety
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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
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com

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

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

July 23, 2007
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Whenever the battle stops for even a moment to focus on characters, just about every John Wayne war movie cliche imaginable takes over.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

January 18, 2002
Jeremiah Kipp
Matinee Magazine

Take away its timely guise of patriotism, and it's a real horror show, more about murder than military prowess.

Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine | Original Score: 1/5

January 7, 2002
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly

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

January 15, 2002
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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 Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C

February 4, 2002
Jeremiah Kipp
Filmcritic.com

It's just chaotic.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 1/5

February 5, 2002
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com

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 Source: MovieMartyr.com | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 5, 2002
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

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 Source: Cinema em Cena | Original Score: 2/5

May 30, 2002
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Although technically superb, this film left me exhausted, confused, and angry.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

June 5, 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 Source: Moviola | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 11, 2002
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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A studied composition in flying debris, fleeing crowds, and detached limbs.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 25, 2001
Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
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Like Mr. Scott's G.I. Jane but this time with an all-boy cast.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

December 27, 2001
John Anderson
Newsday
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The Somalians feel like props, something to be plugged at a shooting gallery.

Full Review Source: Newsday

December 28, 2001
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

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 Source: Cinema Signals | Original Score: 1/4

January 21, 2002
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

June 4, 2002
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
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

Has the pointless verisimilitude of an expensively rendered computer simulation.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph

October 19, 2003
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal

One big shiny but empty bullet shell.

Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal | Original Score: 2/4

September 10, 2002
Tim Merrill
Film Threat

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 Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 3/5

December 8, 2002

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