Courage Under Fire Reviews

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Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
September 14, 2010
Military drama deploys plenty of violence, swearing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Variety Staff
Variety
July 22, 2008
A carefully conceived, dramatically honorable picture that treats its subject with clarity and intelligence, especially by contemporary standards.
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
As the detective-story flashback structure gets under way, what initially seemed adherence to dramatic and moral cliché becomes more complex and interesting.
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
Denzel Washington gives as fine a performance as I have seen him give.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
December 28, 2004
A provocative film with Oscar caliber performances. (published 7-19-96)
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
August 30, 2004
Despite its underlying predictability, Courage Under Fire manages warmth, intelligence and a healthy share of surprises.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
June 22, 2004
Denzel Washington reinforces his image as a serious leading man who dominates a film with his quiet intensity and aura of introspection.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
April 2, 2004
Underrated war flick with a surprisingly effective performance by Meg Ryan
| Original Score: 4/5
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
January 2, 2004
When [Washington's] long pent-up emotions finally break through the surface, the result is at once exhilarating and heartbreaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Fred Topel
About.com
August 11, 2003
Excellent military mystery. Rashomon style point of view play.
| Original Score: 4/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 30, 2003
Washington's inherent gravity anchors his troubled and troublesome character, and Ryan, whom we'd all but written off as a perpetual pom-pom girl, takes on an atypical role and acquits herself, well, honorably.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dragan Antulov
rec.arts.movies.reviews
April 16, 2003
For Meg Ryan this was opportunity to shed her image of romantic comedies queen and play some serious role for a change.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Brandon Judell
Critics Inc./America Online
March 2, 2003
a confused Gulf War flick adopting the structure of "Rashomon," the sentimentality of "Love Story," and the souls of Hollywood hacks.
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
February 3, 2003
Predictable, yet eminently watchable.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
September 11, 2002
I wasn't particularly moved or riveted with suspense.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 27, 2002
Bold and visionary movie that dare to make the pursuit of truth into a spiritual quest.
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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
A fascinating mystery mixed with war action.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Susan Lambert
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
The sharp-edged script by Patrick Sheane Duncan offers a challenging structure, ala Rashamon, to examine issues of courage and truth, but unfortunately the story is never fully realized.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
At the end of Courage Under Fire, you feel torn between admiration and annoyance with the filmmakers, who take an attention-grabbing premise and skillfully develop it into a conclusion that's pure piffle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
February 28, 2002
I heartily recommend it, especially for the great performances by Matt Damon, in his first major role, and Lou Diamond Phillips.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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