• R, 1 hr. 55 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Edward Zwick
    In Theaters:
    Jul 12, 1996 Wide
    On DVD:
    Dec 5, 2000
  • Columbia Pictures

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Courage Under Fire Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 2/5

June 4, 2003
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

The whole thing is just pointless, coming off as propaganda, glamorizing war and the military.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 1, 2000
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

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.

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

January 1, 2000
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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I wasn't particularly moved or riveted with suspense.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

September 11, 2002
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page

| Original Score: 2/5

June 30, 2003
Dragan Antulov
rec.arts.movies.reviews

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

April 16, 2003
Brandon Judell
Critics Inc./America Online

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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March 2, 2003
Susan Lambert
Boxoffice Magazine

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 Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2/5

June 5, 2002
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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 Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 4/4

January 1, 2000
Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide

Well-structured war tale with star turns by Washington and Ryan.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 85/100

May 3, 2001
Austin O'Connor
Lowell Sun

| Original Score: 3/5

February 20, 2004
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews

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 Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: high +1 out of -4..+4

January 1, 2000
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

Military drama deploys plenty of violence, swearing.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

September 14, 2010
Variety Staff
Variety
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A carefully conceived, dramatically honorable picture that treats its subject with clarity and intelligence, especially by contemporary standards.

Full Review Source: Variety

July 22, 2008
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee

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 Source: Sacramento Bee | Original Score: 4/4

January 1, 2000
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

| Original Score: 3/5

January 30, 2003
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire

The film is driven by Washington's remarkable, burning performance.

Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Bold and visionary movie that dare to make the pursuit of truth into a spiritual quest.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

August 27, 2002
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly

| Original Score: 3.5/4

May 14, 2003
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