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Courage Under Fire Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
June 4, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
Christopher Null
January 1, 2000
The whole thing is just pointless, coming off as propaganda, glamorizing war and the military.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 1, 2000
It's well-appointed, well acted, tells a coherent story, has all the necessary pieces in place. But it never involves the viewer emotionally. It never thrills.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
September 11, 2002
I wasn't particularly moved or riveted with suspense.
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
June 30, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
Dragan Antulov
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.
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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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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The end of the film understandably lays on the emotion a little heavily, but until then Courage Under Fire has been a fascinating emotional and logistical puzzle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
Courage Under Fire is as profound and intelligent as it is moving, and that makes this memorable motion picture one of 1996's best.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide
May 3, 2001
Well-structured war tale with star turns by Washington and Ryan.
Full Review | Original Score: 85/100
Austin O'Connor
Lowell Sun
February 20, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
Denzel Washington has been playing well-balanced and in-control characters for quite a while and it is nice to see him playing a man with some serious emotional problems.
Full Review | Original Score: high +1 out of -4..+4
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
July 22, 2008
A carefully conceived, dramatically honorable picture that treats its subject with clarity and intelligence, especially by contemporary standards.
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000
Zwick pulls off the trick of making each story plausible, while Ryan successfully sheds her usual overmannered acting style and turns in a solid, if fleeting, performance as a no-nonsense, leathery woman.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
January 30, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Rob Blackwelder
January 1, 2000
The film is driven by Washington's remarkable, burning performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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