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Courage Under Fire Reviews

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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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.
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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
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
September 11, 2002
I wasn't particularly moved or riveted with suspense.
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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
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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
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
Courage Under Fire honors its subject and its audience.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
While its re-creation of combat is not Courage Under Fire's most involving aspect, the film succeeds in making the Gulf War seem more of a real event than all the footage shipped back on CNN could.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
A downright entertaining combo or mystery, melodrama and action adventure.
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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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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
January 1, 2000
Steven Rosenblum's editing is excellent, smoothly uniting present and past, articulating individual scenes alertly.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 3/4
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Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today
January 1, 2000
Part Rashomon, part The Caine Mutiny, the first major-studio film to deal with 1991's Desert Storm not only captures the terror of battle but also its wrenching aftermath.
| Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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Entertainment Weekly
July 12, 1996
Full Review | Original Score: B+