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Gods and Generals Reviews

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
May 30, 2011
Succumbs to turgidity. And...intentionally or not...conveys the impression that the film uncritically celebrates the Confederacy. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 24, 2010
Meticulous Civil War story runs a little long.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
October 29, 2008
Everybody is so good and decent that it's hard to tell where the generals leave off and the gods start.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
A labour of love with special interest to history buffs, this epic film is extraordinary in many ways.
Top Critic
Bill Stamets
Chicago Reader
February 27, 2007
Maxwell continues his textbook emphasis on military maneuvers, but despite literally thousands of Civil War reenactors recruited for the film, the wide-screen canvas fails to map the tactics or evoke the terror of battle.
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
The big battles impress, but become somewhat samey. Part Three is threatened.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic

Time Out
June 24, 2006
The procession of monotonous, oddly gore-free battles breaks frequently for bloated speechifying.
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 15, 2004
Then there is 'Gods and Generals,' cut from the same production cloth as 'Gettysburg' but a film of very loose ends.
Full Review| Original Score: C-
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
December 1, 2003
You will watch a series of battle re-enactments and wait for a film to break out.
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
October 17, 2003
Every shot is fired in sorrow, and there are no villains - except, of course, for the politicians, who remain safely out of the frame.
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
August 10, 2003
Thinks it is grand without ever being so.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Harry Guerin
RTE Interactive (Ireland)
July 25, 2003
Imagine watching half of Band of Brothers in one sitting, but with the story moving at a much slower pace.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
July 8, 2003
Incredibly boring and badly acted.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
July 2, 2003
War may be Hell, but in this three-and-a-half-hour Civil War epic from Ronald Maxwell, the syrupy monologues and righteous Bible thumping provide the punishment.
Jamie Russell
BBC.com
June 24, 2003
Swapping politics for crass platitudes, Gods and Generals is a monumental folly.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
June 19, 2003
An interesting film weakened by ham-fisted writing and direction and heavy-handed revisionism.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
April 5, 2003
Maxwell has made the, shall we say interesting, decision to change [Stonewall Jackson]God's hellcat into a warm and fuzzy teddy bear.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Joe Leydon
San Francisco Examiner
March 25, 2003
A stiff and stilted historical pageant that somehow manages to make the savage tumult of thousands pitched against thousands seem not so much dreadul as dreadfully dull.
| Original Score: 1/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
Full of windy speeches about honor, god, fealty, and so on, the movie comes to a literal standstill whenever one of these noble addresses is about to be delivered.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Kit Bowen
Hollywood.com
March 7, 2003
Stay far away from the three hour-plus Gods and Generals--unless, of course, you need a good nap.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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